Relatives mourn during a ceremony
marking the 62nd anniversary of the atomic bombing at the Peace Park in
Nagasaki, Japan, Aug. 9, 2007. Around 5,700 people from 16 countries and
regions attended the ceremony marking the 62nd anniversary of the atomic
bomb blast in Nagasaki, mourning for the dead and praying for world peace.
NAGASAKI, Japan, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Southern Japan's
Nagasaki city held its regular annual ceremony at Peace Park on Thursday to mark
the 62nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing in 1945, with participating
officials reiterating Japan's pledge to observe the three non-nuclear principles
and continued efforts for world peace.
In front of about 5,700 peace activists, foreign
guests, Japanese officials and representatives of the bereaved families, books
with 3,069 additional names were placed into the memorial, bringing the official
death toll from the bombing to 143,124.
At 11:02 a.m., the exact time of the atomic explosion
here 62 years ago, people on the ceremony observed a minute's silence.
In his address, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
pledged to abide by the pacific Constitution and to stick to the three
non-nuclear principles, which states that Japan will not produce, possess or
allow the entry into its territory of nuclear weapons.
Japan will try to be a leading power in building a
peaceful world without nuclear weapons, he added.
Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue read out the annual
Peace Declaration, which called on the central government to write the three
non-nuclear principles into law.
While stating that the use of nuclear weapons can
never be permitted or considered acceptable, Taue said it's inappropriate for
the central government to discuss the possibility of possessing nuclear arms.
The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki
on Aug. 9,1945, killing about 70,000 people in a blink's time. World War II
ended six days later.
62 years after atomic bomb, Nagasaki
prays for peace
Aug. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Japan again marked the dropping of an atomic bomb 62 years
ago on one of its cities Thursday with prayers in Nagasaki and a warning from
the city's mayor that the world faces a crisis of nuclear proliferation.
Elderly survivors, dignitaries and thousands of children
in the city's Peace Park bowed their heads in a minute of silence at 11:02 a.m.,
the time the bomb fell, in memory of the more than 140,000 who died in the blast
or from related causes since. Full Story