Jiji PressNAGASAKI (Jiji Press) — Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue called for an end to countries’ reliance on nuclear weapons as a means to protect themselves, as the southwestern Japan city marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing on Wednesday.
In his annual Nagasaki Peace Declaration, Taue stressed the significance of a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, adopted at the United Nations in July, urging Japan to join the pact.
He read out the declaration at an annual memorial ceremony held at Nagasaki Peace Park that was attended by hibakusha atomic bomb survivors, bereaved families of victims and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Other participants included representatives from 58 foreign countries, including the United States, Russia, China and three other nuclear powers.
At the ring of a bell, participants observed a minute’s silence at 11:02 a.m., the exact time the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
A list of the names of 3,551 people newly confirmed in the year to July to have died due to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki was dedicated at a memorial, bringing the total death toll to 175,743.