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Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing in World War II

Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing in World War II Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing in World War II
Sherri Watson | 08 August, 2018, 18:59

The event changed the course of World War II and demonstrated the unbelievably devastating force of nuclear weapons.

Without naming specific nations, he warned that "certain countries are explicitly expressing self-centred nationalism and modernising their nuclear arsenals".

"If the human family forgets history or stops confronting it, we could again commit a awful error", Matsui said.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in his message during the ceremony that Hiroshima's legacy is one of "resilience" and sought continued moral support from the hibakusha survivors for efforts in promoting the ban of nuclear weapons.

The Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima killed 140,000 people.

But as with years past and, perhaps, for those in the future, while Japan has a tendency to focus exclusively on the inward tragedy that nuclear and chemical warfare has inflicted on it, many experts on the matter hope that Japan will also take the time to remember that its own involvements in World War II had also brought immeasurable suffering.

However, Japan has not become a signatory to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which came into effect in July 2017.

But reports suggest Tokyo is considering a summit soon between Kim and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with local media floating a possible meeting on the sidelines of an worldwide forum in Russia's Vladivostok next month. "We in civil society fervently hope that the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula will proceed through peaceable dialogue", he added.

The Hiroshima atomic bombing has been recreated in virtual reality.

A ceremony was held at the Peace Memorial Park, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan's responsibility is to bridge the gap between nuclear and non-nuclear nations.

In order to gain cooperation, Abe said, world leaders must understand "the reality of the tragedy of nuclear attacks", and reiterated Japan's pledge to maintain its pacifist and nonnuclear principles. The United States, a major nuclear power whose president called for modernizing its nuclear arsenal, sent its ambassador to Japan to the annual ceremony for the first time in three years.

Japan surrendered six days after that, ending World War 2.

Currently, more than 14,000 nuclear weapons are estimated to still exist in the world.

The bombings claimed the lives of 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 74,000 people in Nagasaki. It places users along Hiroshima's Motoyasu River, allowing them to glimpse the scenery and buildings of the era through a HTC Vive headset.