Hiroshima Anniversary 2011
August 6, 2011 by staff
Hiroshima Anniversary 2011, Prime Minister of Japan, to commemorate the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima 66, said his country is “working towards a society with less dependence on nuclear energy.”
Naoto Kan used the ceremony Saturday in honor of addressing the issue of nuclear safety in the light of the threat of radiation from the plant Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power, which was severely damaged in the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the Northeast Japan earlier this year.
“We are deeply reflect on the conventional wisdom that nuclear power is safe, well look into the cause of the accident – to ensure safety – implement measures to bottom,” he said.
Bombing survivors, residents and dignitaries attended the ceremony near the Dome of the Atomic Bomb gutted to observe a minute of silence, broken only by the ringing of a bell special peace.
About 140,000 people were killed or died within a few months, when the American B-29 Enola Gay bombed the city on August 6, 1945. Three days later, 80,000 people were killed after U.S. attacked Nagasaki. Japan surrendered on August 15, ending World War II.
Mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, a son of an atomic bomb survivor, also spoke to the crowd about the crisis in Fukushima and called on the government to review its nuclear policy.
He said the crisis has traumatized the population and that Tokyo must act to restore public confidence.
“From the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident there has been continuous and ongoing fear of radiation has generated anxiety among the affected area and many others,” he said. “The Japanese people’s trust once placed in nuclear power has been broken.”
Matsui did not ask for a country without nuclear power, while reiterating their commitment to work for a world without nuclear weapons.
Japan has long pledged not to make or possess nuclear weapons, but embraced nuclear energy as it aims to rebuild and modernize after the war.
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