RIMANEWS - The mayor of the Japanese city of Nagasaki has called for ‘a Japan free of nuclear fears’ as the city commemorates the 67th anniversary of the US nuclear bomb attack at the end of World War II.
Addressing a memorial service held at the Peace Memorial Park in Nagasaki to commemorate the victims of the August 9, 1945 blast, Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue on Thursday demanded that the Japanese government set a new policy to achieve a society free of radiation fears.
About 6000 people gathered at the Nagasaki’s Peace Park near the epicenter of the 1945 bombing and held a minute of silence in memory of thousands killed in the attack. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda also attended the service.
The bombing attack on Nagasaki came just three days after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the western city of Hiroshima in the closing days of World War II.
The bomb attack on Hiroshima killed an estimated 140,000 people, whereas the bombing of Nagasaki killed around 70,000. Yet the nuclear radiation continued to claim thousands of more lives over the following years.
The anniversaries of the two bombings are of great significance to Japan now against the backdrop of last year's disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The Fukushima disaster that was caused by a huge earthquake and tsunami has given rise to a growing wave of anti-nuclear sentiment in the country.[presstv]