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Monday, 7th July 2008
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Japan erects memorial to Chinese a-bomb dead

A memorial to 33 Chinese people killed by the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki during World War II has been unveiled in Japan.

The ceremony at Nagasaki Peace Park was attended by three members of the victims families.

The victims were among around 1,000 Chinese forced labourers who worked in Nagasaki's coal mines during the conflict. They were being detained at a prison on suspicion of spying, reports Japan Today.

Nagasaki's city government has designated 32 of the detainees as official a-bomb victims - based on an autopsy carried out by the police - and there are plans to eventually carve the name of the 33rd victim on the memorial.

An estimated 40,000 people were killed when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city at 11:02am on August 9th 1945. The final death toll is believed to total more than 73,000, according to figures on display at the Nagasaki Peace Park.

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