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Nagasaki observes 66th anniv. of atomic bomb

08-10-2011 10:36 BJT

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The Japanese city of Nagasaki has held a remembrance ceremony for the victims of the US atomic bombing at the end of World War Two. The ceremony comes as the country is scrambling to curb an ongoing nuclear crisis.

Nagasaki's Peace Park,a place to remind the Japanese of their collective memory.

66-years earlier, a US atomic bomb almost wiped the city off the map.

66-years later,hundreds gather here to commemorate the tragic event.

At 11:02 a.m.local time, a bell tolled at the exact time the bomb was dropped 66 years ago. And people bowed their head for a minute of silence.

The special occasion calls into mind the nuclear crisis the country has been facing since March's earthquake and tsunami devastated the Fukushima nuclear power plant. It touched off a series of thorny leaking issues, and triggering serious debate about the future use of nuclear energy.

At the memorial, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan repeated his pledges to help the country move away from nuclear power.

The Japanese city of Nagasaki has held a remembrance ceremony for the victims of the US atomic bombing at the end of World War Two. The ceremony comes as the country is scrambling to curb an ongoing nuclear crisis.

Naoto Kan, Japanese PM, said, "We must reduce our reliance on nuclear power and aim to create a society that does not rely on nuclear energy. "

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged Japan to come up with alternative energy sources.

Tomihisa Taue, Nagasaki mayor, said, "Now is the time that we must debate what type of society we wish to make and decide what to do. We must look into developing stable and renewable energy sources that can replace nuclear energy."

Nagasaki was bombed by the U.S. on August 9th, 1945. About 27,000 people died instantly, and about 70,000 had died by the end of 1945.

The official toll is updated every year as more victims die of radiation sickness and old age, bringing the total to 3,288 as of this year.

 

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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