Ceremony in Japan Commemorates Pearl Harbor Attack Victims (News)
Nagaoka, Niigata Pref., Dec. 8 (Jiji Press)—Memorial fireworks were launched in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, on Thursday for those who died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, marking the 75th anniversary of the incident.
Viewers who gathered on a bank of the Shinano River also prayed for peace. Nagaoka is the hometown of Yamamoto Isoroku, commander-in-chief of the defunct Imperial Japanese Navy's Combined Fleet, who led the attack that opened the war between Japan and the United States.
The fireworks memorial event, which has been held every year since 2011, is funded mainly by donations from Nagaoka citizens.
Chiga Watanabe, the 61-year-old head of the executive committee, said the event was started because "the number of people who don't know what day December 8 is has increased."
All-white shiragiku, or "white chrysanthemum," fireworks were set off in the event.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]