TOKYO, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Nagasaki on Friday marked the 68th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of the city, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowing to push forward for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Representatives from 44 countries attended the ceremony held in the city's Peace Park and participants offered silence prayers for the victims at 11:02 a.m. local time, when the bomb hit Nagasaki.
Abe pledged again that his country will make efforts for the abolition of nuclear weapons, as he did three days ago in Hiroshima commemorating the 1945 nuclear bombing of the city.
However, Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue criticized the Japanese government for its recent inaction in opposing nuclear weapons, referring to Japan's failure to sign a statement rejecting the use of nuclear weapons.
"I call on the Japanese government to consider once again that Japan is the only country to have suffered a nuclear bombing," local media quoted the mayor as saying.
To end the World War II, the United States dropped two atomic bombs in Japan's Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and 9 respectively. About 74,000 people were killed in Nagasaki in the blast.
BEIJING, Aug. 9 (xinhua) -- For the people of Nagasaki, it is a time to pray for eternal peace as the Japanese city observes the 68th anniversary of U.S. World War II atomic bombing on Friday.
The attack, together with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, instantly killing more than 200,000 people and causing horrendous deaths afterwards due to radiation poisoning, served as a cruel reminder that a war makes everyone suffer and the hard-won peace is so precious. Full story
TOKYO, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- As the 68th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II approaches on Aug. 15 and the Obon holiday period begins here, the nation is usually in a somber, reflective and respectful mood. However, some politicians tend to pick this time of the year to reawaken the ghosts of the country's militarist past.
The country's disposition is often influenced by memorial ceremonies held earlier in the month to commemorate those who perished in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, following the United States military dropping two atomic bombs and effectively eviscerating both cites. Full story