The Saturday editions of all national dailies reported extensively on the peace memorial ceremony held in Hiroshima on Friday to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city. The ceremony was scaled down once again this year amid the surge in coronavirus infections across Japan, but representatives of 83 nations, including the United States, and the EU, roughly the same number as in recent years, participated in the ceremony. In the annual ceremony, Hiroshima Mayor Matsui called on the GOJ to immediately sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which entered into force in January this year. However, Prime Minister Suga said in his speech at the ceremony that in order to promote nuclear disarmament, it is necessary to take realistic steps in a patient manner by mediating between nations that have different positions on the issue. At a news conference held after the ceremony, Suga expressed a negative view about the idea of Japan participating in the treaty by citing the increasingly severe security environment surrounding Japan.