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Hiroshima holds 72nd peace memorial ceremony

  • August 7, 2017
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All Monday papers front-paged reports on the annual memorial ceremony held in Hiroshima on Sunday to mark the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing. In his “peace declaration,” Hiroshima Mayor Matsui called on the Japanese government to support the conclusion of a treaty banning nuclear weapons by being a bridge between nuclear and non-nuclear powers. Prime Minister Abe stated in his speech at the ceremony that he will strive to steadily move forward with efforts to seek a world without nuclear weapons, but did not refer to the nuclear ban treaty. The ceremony was attended by representatives of 80 nations, including such nuclear states as the U.S., Britain, France, and Russia. China, however, was absent.


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