Monday, August 8, 2011

Japan remembers 66th Hiroshima anniversary

Japan recalls on Saturday the 66th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in the middle of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. At the ceremony, Prime Minister Naoto Kan reiterated its call for the denuclearization and the elimination of such weapons. The event, held at the Peace Park, near where the bomb hit, the prime minister stressed that Japan should change its energy policy in view of the crisis experienced in the central Fukushima earthquake and 'tsunami 'of March 11, causing radioactive leaks.

"We should aspire to become a society that was not dependent on atomic energy," said Khan. For its part, the mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui said that since the crisis began in Fukushima "confidence" that the people had this kind of energy "has been overshadowed." On August 15, 1945 a U.S. warplane launched a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. It was the first time a nuclear weapon was used against humans and the explosion destroyed the Japanese city: the end of that year, some 140,000 people died. A ceremony Saturday attended by over 60 countries.

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