Nagasaki Mayor Says Threat of Another Nuclear Attack Growing

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His remark comes at a time when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have been eyeing to make Japan's first-ever postwar amendment to the pacifist charter, a move that has proved politically, publicly and internationally decisive.

At the ring of a bell, participants observed a minute's silence at 11:02 a.m., the exact time the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, three days after the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima. "A strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe that in the not too distant future these weapons could actually be used again".

It was on this day in 1945 as the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki President Truman spoke of a "rain of ruin".

I commend the people of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, led by the Hibakusha, in educating the global community about the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.




A one-minute silence followed by prayers was offered at 8.15am [local time], the exact time when the atomic bomb (Little Boy) was dubbed by the United States about 600 metres above the Hiroshima.

He also urged the central government to reconsider the policy of relying on the USA nuclear umbrella and "reaffirm to the world its commitment to the pacifist ethos of the Constitution of Japan, which firmly renounces war".

"This, we will certainly never forget: the fact that at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb exploded in the air right above the hill where we are now assembled, killing and injuring 150,000 people", the mayor said. Every corner of the city was like a landscape from hell. The twin attacks left more than 225,000 people dead in both the cities. Many suffer from long lasting effects of radiation. Taue "strongly" urged the Japanese government to step up its assistance to bomb survivors. But he said "Japan is determined to lead the worldwide community.by continuing to appeal to both sides" - ones with and without nuclear weapons.

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