62th Anniversary of Bombing in Hiroshima
About 260,000 people survived the attacks, including 4,000 living abroad. Bombing survivors have developed various illnesses from radiation exposure, including cancer and liver illnesses. But the government has faced criticism that many suffering radiation-linked illnesses were denied access to free medical support due to overly strict eligibility standard.
As they do every year, survivors, relatives of the deceased, residents and officials will attend a memorial service and release doves at Hiroshima’s Peace Park Monday, the time the bomb struck 62 years ago.
In a solemn ceremony Japan has marked the 62nd anniversary of Hiroshima’s atomic bombing. Thousands of elderly survivors, as well as children and dignitaries, attended the ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park where the bomb was dropped. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized to the survivors for comments made by former Defence Minister Fumio Kyuma, who said “the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki could not be helped because they brought an end to the second World War”.
Abe pledged that he would abide by Japan’s non-nuclear policy banning the possession, production and import of nuclear arms. He said as Japan is the only country in history to have suffered an atomic bomb attack the Japanese government has a duty to work for the abolition of nuclear weapons. By the end of 1945 the atomic bomb had killed 140,000 people out of Hiroshima’s population of 350,000.
Thousands more later succumbed to related illnesses and injuries.
On the 4th August 2007, I’d got a chance to visit Hiroshima. Here is some fotoz during my Hiroshima visit with my friends.