Hiroshima mayor calls on Japan to serve as a bridge

The US dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki on the island of Kyushu on August 9, six days before Japan surrendered, ending World War II.

Japan celebrated the 72nd anniversary of the Hiroshima nuclear bombing, the world's agencies said on Sunday.

The Hiroshima Peace Event will take place at Eyre Square at 1pm tomorrow.

However, in June, Japan had supported the United Kingdom, France and the U.S. in dismissing a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons.

"Does President Obama ever discuss the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor while he's in Japan?"

"This hell is not a thing of the past", said Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui in his peace declaration at yesterday's ceremony. (Credit: Jiji Press/AFP) Attendants observe a minute of silence at the 72nd anniversary memorial.

"The states possessing nuclear weapons have special responsibility to undertake concrete and irreversible steps on nuclear disarmament", Guterres stressed.

Seventy-two years after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, anti-nuclear activists are holding more than a dozen events across the region calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

But many Americans believe they hastened the end to a bloody conflict and ultimately saved lives on both sides, thus justifying the bombings.

Since then, nuclear proliferation has created a unsafe modern world, with many nations now capable of using nuclear weapons on their neighbor.

Former Assistant UN Secretary General Denis Halliday says nuclear weapons have only been used once - on Japan in 1945 - but remain a real threat.

Mr Barack Obama became the first sitting United States president to visit Hiroshima in May a year ago, paying a moving tribute to the victims of the devastating bombing.

  • Rogelio Becker