Hiroshima marks 62 years since atomic bombing

Survivors, residents, visitors and officials from around the world observed a minute of silence at 8:15 a.m. Monday, the moment the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe also participated:

An estimated 140,000 people were killed instantly or died within a few months after the bombing. Three days later, another U.S. airplane dropped a plutonium bomb on the city of Nagasaki, killing about 80,000 people.

"Japan has been taking the path toward global peace for 62 years since World War II. The tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should never be repeated in any place on earth," Abe said in a speech at Hiroshima Peace Park, near the bomb's epicenter.

Yomiuri/AP: Hiroshima marks 62nd anniversary of atomic bombing

The Mainichi has published a in-depth series of articles this summer on hibakusha, the victims and survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by New Zealand journalist Roger Hutchings, Kazuki Kuraoka, and Noriko Tokuno.

I also want to recommend the excellent interview with anti-nuclear activist Steven Leeper, new chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Committee, published in The Japan Times: Mr. Hiroshima-san


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