Residents of Hiroshima have observed a minute of silence marking the 70th anniversary of the first atom bomb on august 6, 1945 by the US to end World War Two, bringing peace to the world but the death toll has climbed up to 140,000 so far.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the event at Hiroshima’s memorial park and thousands of lanterns have been released into the adjoining Motoyasu river that saved all those who jumped into it to save the radiation and heat on that fateful day.
The second bombing on Nagasaki on August 9 will be held three days later. A US B-29 bomber dropped the Enola Gay (uranium bomb) on Hiroshima some 600m (1,800ft) above the city, at 08:10 on 6 August 1945. While 70,000 immediately died, 70,000 more died gradually ever since in the last 70 years.
About 40,000 people attended the commemoration ceremony at park near Hiroshima’s epicentre, and Mr Abe reiterated Japan’s call for worldwide nuclear disarmament. The Hiroshima bombing has left behind Japan, startled and shaken, to vouch for a peace constitution abhorring any nuclear arms. Even to this day, Japan avowedly opposed nuclear arms and it is one major source of disagreement between India and Japan over the supply of nuclear energy source.
Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matusi and US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy were among those attended the commemoration ceremony. While Japan adhered to its policy anti-nuclear arms race in the world, it is slowly distancing from its Peace constitution as last month saw the Lower House endorsed military dispes abroad in the interests of the nation.