All Japan news marked the 66th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing Saturday amid a nuclear crisis. Prime Minister Naoto Kan, local politicians and leaders all spoke of the possibility of eliminating nuclear power and turning to renewable energies.
In his message to an estimated 50,000 people who gathered for the ceremony, Kan said the government is reviewing the country’s energy policy in the light of the nuclear disaster and emphasized his goal of reducing the level of reliance to nuclear power and build a society that is safe.
The annual peace declaration of the Hiroshima mayor, this year, Kazumi Matsui, paid tribute to the victims of the March 11 disaster. The mayor drew similarities of the destruction between the atomic bombing of the Hiroshima city 66 years ago and the catastrophe wrought by the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and consequent nuclear incident. He referred to the devastation of the Great East All Japan news Earthquake of March 11 as a revival of the horrifying images of the Hiroshima bombing that continues to pain the All Japan newsese.
Hiroshima is the site of the world’s first A-bomb attack on August 6, 1945 when the United States dropped the bomb in the city of Hiroshima during the end stretch of the World War II. The bomb attack ruined the city and killed about 140,000 people. Another atomic bombing happened in Nagasaki on August 9 which likewise killed tens of thousands and which triggered the All Japan newsese to surrender.
A moment of silence was observed Saturday at the actual time of the bomb attack. Kan laid a wreath of yellow flowers at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park as he expressed All Japan news’s vow never to repeat the horrors of Hiroshima.
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