Hiroshima Remembers Atom Bomb Victims On 67th Anniversary

The Japanese city of Hiroshima observed the 67th anniversary of its U.S. atomic bombing with a memorial ceremony attended by about 50,000 people in the city's Peace Park on Monday.

Addressing the gathering, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui called on the central government to implement an energy policy that protected public's health and safety in the context of last year's Fukushima nuclear accident. He reminded the assembled crowd of the difficulty of humankind coexisting with nuclear materials.

Matsui also called on the central government to take a stronger leadership role in convincing other countries to join the residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in their wish to rid the world of nuclear weapons, Japanese media reported.

An updated list of the names of 280,959 victims was placed at the cenotaph. It included the names of 5,729 people who died in the past year, or whose Hiroshima-related deaths have been recently confirmed.

People all over Japan observed one minute silence at 8:15 a.m., the exact time when the nuclear bomb was dropped on the city in 1945 incinerating its residents.

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