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Nagasaki Marks A-bomb Anniversary

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Nagasaki marks A-bomb anniversary

Wayne Hay reports on Nagasaki remembering its atomic bomb
victims.

August 9, 2010, algazeera.net

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/08/20108945819655132.html

The southern Japanese city of Nagasaki marked the 65th
anniversary of the US atomic bomb attack on Monday, three
days after Hiroshima held its biggest-ever memorial service.

A moment of silence was observed on Monday as the bell tolled
at 11.02am local time, the moment the US dropped an atomic
bomb on Nagasaki during World War II killing at least 80,000
people.

Japan surrendered on August 15, ending World War II, and
became the only country that has ever been attacked with
atomic weapons.

Monday's ceremony began with a chorus of ageing survivors of
the atomic bombing and Mayor Tomihisa Taue calling for a
nuclear-free world.

"Nagasaki, together with Hiroshima, will continue to make the
utmost efforts until the world gets rid of all nuclear
weapons," he said.

A record 32 countries were in attendance.

While the US for the first time sent a delegation to Friday's
memorial ceremony in Hiroshima, no representative was present
at the Nagasaki anniversary.

No US apology

The US' World War II allies Britain and France, both declared
nuclear powers, had sent their diplomats for the first time
to Friday's ceremony in the western Japanese city, in a sign
of support for the goal of nuclear disarmament.

The British and French delegations, as well as an envoy from
Israel, also attended the Nagasaki ceremony for the first
time.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, visited Nagasaki a day
before the Hiroshima anniversary, where he attended the
ceremony also for the first time as the UN chief.

He is leading an initiative for an international convention
to outlaw nuclear arms.

Nagasaki was devastated by a plutonium bomb nicknamed "Fat
Man", which claimed tens of thousands of lives instantly or
days later due to burns and radiation sickness.

"Little Boy", a four-tonne uranium bomb, detonated over
Hiroshima, killing an estimated 140,000 people.

The United States has never acceded to demands in Japan for
an apology for the loss of innocent lives in the atomic
bombings.

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