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Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing

Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing

"Even without language, once you see the images, you understand, " Mei Okada, one of the pupils working on the project at a high school in Fukuyama, 100km east of Hiroshima, said.

Nuclear deterrence and nuclear umbrellas are "inherently unstable and extremely dangerous" approaches that seek to maintain global order by only generating fear in rival countries, he said, urging world leaders to negotiate in good faith to eliminate nuclear arsenals instead.

Japan on Monday marked the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, with its mayor telling thousands of observers that there should be a world without nuclear weapons. Some of them worked with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons to help adopt a United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

The anniversary comes amid hopes to denuclearise North Korea after Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump made vague aspirational statements of denuclearising the peninsula when they met in Singapore in June.

As of March, the number of "hibakusha" or atomic bomb survivors stood at 154,859.

Without naming specific nations, he warned that "certain countries are explicitly expressing self-centred nationalism and modernising their nuclear arsenals". "I want Japan to work toward eliminating nuclear weapons", Ota added.

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Nuclear powers such as the United States and Russian Federation, as well as Japan and others that rely on nuclear protection, didn't support the nuclear ban treaty when it was adopted and have not signed it.

Japan has largely maintained a hard line on Pyongyang, in particular pushing for movement on citizens abducted decades ago by North Korean agents.

The final death toll is estimated at 140,000 and - along with the bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki three days later - ended Japan's involvement in the Second World War. The bombings, the first atomic attacks on humans, closed World War II and opened the nuclear age.

"The important thing now is to patiently continue efforts to gain cooperation from both nuclear and nonnuclear states and take practical steps", Abe said, highlighting the importance of pursuing nuclear disarmament through the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, or NPT.

For example, the Imperial Japanese Army's notorious Unit 731, which was based in the Pingfang district of Harbin, the largest city then in northeast China, was set up around 1936 and conducted vivisection experiments on live human beings to test germ-releasing bombs and chemical bombs, among other criminal atrocities.

Tomie Makita, 88, of Hiroshima pays a visit to the park every year on August 6 to remember the bombing that claimed the lives of her friends. Barack Obama, who had sought a policy of nuclear arms reduction, visited the site in 2016.


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