Nagasaki Mayor Calls for End to Reliance on Nuclear Weapons (News)
Nagasaki, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)—Nagasaki Mayor Taue Tomihisa 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 US 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 Abe Shinzō.
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 of silence at 11:02 a.m. (2:02 a.m. GMT), the exact time when the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, three days after the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima in western Japan.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]