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72nd anniversary of atomic bombing marked by prayers

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Visitors at a ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing pray for the souls of the victims in Hiroshima on Sunday.

Jiji Press HIROSHIMA (Jiji Press) — Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui called for further global efforts to abolish nuclear weapons as the city marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing on Sunday.

In a speech delivered at an annual memorial ceremony, Matsui noted that 122 countries last month adopted a treaty banning nuclear weapons to demonstrate “their unequivocal determination to achieve abolition.”

“Given this development, the governments of all countries must now strive to advance further toward a nuclear-weapon-free world,” Matsui said in his annual Peace Declaration.

Participants at the ceremony, held at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, offered a minute of silence at 8:15 a.m., the exact time when the U.S. atomic bomb was dropped on the city on Aug. 6, 1945.

The ceremony was attended by about 50,000 people, including hibakusha atomic bomb survivors and bereaved families of victims as well as representatives from 80 countries and the European Union.Speech

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