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New A-bomb exhibits to highlight Hiroshima peace ceremony

08-06-2011 09:36 BJT

by Wang Xiaopeng

HIROSHIMA, Japan, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Two exhibitions with new arrivals of A-bomb materials and documents will highlight this year's peace ceremony in Japan's Hiroshima on Saturday to mourn the victims of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the city.

An exhibition featuring articles scarred by the bombing, including leather shoes and melted tiles, and photographs of the city before the bombing has been on display since June 17. The 149 exhibits are among 577 items donated by the A-bomb survivors and the family of victims last year.

Besides, a special exhibition entitled " To Live -August 6, 1945-From That Day Forth" was kicked off on July 15 to add to the events at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The exhibits included a list of foreign students who were studying in a couple of universities based Hiroshima at the time of atomic bombing.

Some 10,000 visited the museum on Friday. The Hiroshima municipal government also introduced foreign delegates to the museum on Friday.

Mwenda B. Raphael, minister-counsellor at the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Japan offered flowers to the victims at the memorial cenotaph, which is located almost at the center of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park after viewing the exhibits. Raphael told Xinhua he hoped everyone in the world would enjoy peace, and experience no atomic bombings and conflicts.

According to government data, representatives from 68 countries will attend the upcoming peace ceremony.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui planned to urge the Japanese government to review its energy policy following the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant in his peace declaration to be presented at Saturday's ceremony, according to local media report.

It would be the first that the peace declaration, which has mainly focused on the elimination of the nuclear weapons, has referred to the issue of nuclear power generation since referring to the Chernobyl accident in 1986, the Kyodo News reported.

A nuclear bomb was detonated over Hiroshima at an altitude of some 600 meters at the end of World War II, killing an estimated 140,000 people in 1945. A second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945 and Japan surrendered six days later.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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