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Monday, 6th August 2012
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Japan commemorates 67th anniversary of atomic bombing

Japan came to a standstill this weekend to commemorate the 67th year since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The country marked the tragedy that took the lives of 140,000 people with one minute’s silence.

Among the attendees at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Saturday  (August 4th) was Clifton Truman Daniel - grandson of Harry Truman, who ordered the nuclear attacks.

Carrying a wreath to honour the victims, he said: “I think this cenotaph says it all: to honour the dead, to not forget and to make sure that we never let this happen again.”

The Japanese government has come under pressure to abandon its reliance on nuclear power since the Fukushima disaster of March 2011.

Hiroshima mayor Kazumi Matsui called on the government to establish an energy policy that protects the people.

This coincided with his pledge to make the world understand the suffering of the atomic-bomb victims, highlighting the need for a world without nuclear weapons.

Posted by Graham McPherson