Japan marks 64th anniversary of Nagasaki atomic bombing
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Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso carries a wreath during a memorial ceremony at Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan, on Sunday August 9, 2009. Nagasaki marks the 64th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack on Sunday.

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso carries a wreath during a memorial ceremony at Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan, on Sunday August 9, 2009. Nagasaki marks the 64th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack on Sunday. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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    NAGASAKI, Japan, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- More than 5,000 people gathered Saturday in the Peace Park in Nagasaki to mark the 64th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the southwestern Japanese city.

    At the memorial ceremony, Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue read the Peace Declaration, calling for worldwide nuclear disarmament and enhanced measures for nuclear nonproliferation.

    Lauding U.S. President Barack Obama's statement on a world without nuclear weapons this April in Prague, Taue said: "...the government of Japan, a nation that has experienced nuclear devastation, must play a leading role in international society."

    "In a bid for thorough elimination of nuclear armaments, we urge the strongest efforts towards the Nuclear Weapons Convention, which the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon last year called on governments to negotiate actively," said the Mayor.

Doves fly around the statue at the peace memorial park after being released for the 64th memorial ceremony for atomic bomb victims in Nagasaki, western Japan, on Aug. 9, 2009.

Doves fly around the statue at the peace memorial park after being released for the 64th memorial ceremony for atomic bomb victims in Nagasaki, western Japan, on Aug. 9, 2009.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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    In his speech at the ceremony, Prime Minister Taro Aso reaffirmed Japan' s three principles of not producing, possessing or allowing nuclear weapons on its soil.

    On Aug. 9, 1945, a second atomic bomb was dropped by the United States on Nagasaki three days after Hiroshima suffered the world's first atomic bombing. The attack, which occurred at 11:02 a.m., killed an estimated 74,000 people by the end of 1945, and many more later from radiation sickness.

    Statistics showed that to date the atomic bombing has claimed a total of 149,226 lives in Nagasaki, including 3,304 people who died from injuries related to the bombing in the past year.



Hiroshima mourns atomic bomb anniversary

The model of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb blast is seen in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Hiroshima of Japan, on Aug. 5, 2009, one day prior to the 64th Hiroshima A-bombing anniversary. Hiroshima citizens held activities and events to mark the upcoming 64th Hiroshima A-bombing anniversary. A nuclear bomb was detonated over Hiroshima at an altitude of some 600 meters at the end of World War Two, killing an estimated 140,000 people at 8:15 a.m of Aug. 6, 1945. (Xinhua/Ren Zhenglai)
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    HIROSHIMA, Japan, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Some 50,000 people gathered Thursday at the peace park in Hiroshima to mourn the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city by U.S. forces during the World War II.

    Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba delivered a peace declaration, calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020. Full story

Editor: Wang Hongjiang
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