The Japanese city of Hiroshima on Wednesday commemorated with a minute of silence on 69th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb by the United States that took the lives of 292 325 inhabitants. The ceremony was ordered nuclear disarmament and has defended the character of Japan’s pacifist constitution. The mayor, Kazumi Matsui, asked the government led by Shinzo Abe and other world leaders such as President of the USA, Barack Obama, to “work towards closer ties between countries that have nuclear weapons and the rest of world ” in order to achieve ” total disarmament. “
The event took place at the Peace Park, located near the hypocenter of the nuclear explosion, and began with a moment of silence at 8:15 local time coinciding with the exact time at which the American Air Force – B 29 Enola Gay – dropped the Little Boy, the name by which the United States called the first nuclear device in history on August 6, 1945.
Matsui recalled in his speech that the next year reviewing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), coinciding with the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing is planned.
The ceremony took place under a fine rain and marked by the silence of the thousands of attendees, only broken by the speeches of political representatives of city youth and survivors of the nuclear bomb, and brief applause that followed their interventions.
During the event, a list with the names of the 292,325 victims of the atomic bomb inside a monument located in the Peace Park, which included 5,507 people died last year as a result of the attack was also placed.
The bomb detonated at an intensity of about 16 kilotons about 600 meters near where the park where the ceremony took place is build, and immediately ended the lives of 80,000 people.
After the attack on Hiroshima, the United States dropped a second nuclear bomb on August 9, 1945 over the city of Nagasaki, forcing Japan’s surrender six days later and ended the Second World War. The atomic attacks on two Japanese cities were the only of its kind to date.