WORLD – Japan remembers atomic bomb

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Japanese gathered to remember the atomic bomb which was dropped on Nagasaki 70 years ago

The Japanese city of Nagasaki is marking 70 years since the dropping of an atomic bomb by the United States.

A ceremony there will observe a minute’s silence, followed by speeches by the Nagasaki mayor and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

A cathedral that was destroyed by the bomb but later rebuilt is celebrating a remembrance Mass.

At least 70,000 people died in the attack, which came three days after another bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

Nagasaki was only chosen because the original target, Kokura, was obscured by a cloud.

The effects were instant, and devastating, with the bomb destroying a third of the city, killing thousands instantly and condemning more to death from radiation sickness.

Days later, Japan surrendered, ending World War II, although the necessity of the two bombs has been debated ever since.

One Response to WORLD – Japan remembers atomic bomb

  1. seagul August 9, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    And here we stand shivering to make any moral comments of how destructive the U.S foreign policy…….

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