Lantern ceremony marks memory of atomic bombings

Cheryl Sanders
August 9, 2016

Mayor Kazumi Matsui has called on world leaders to do more to free the world from nuclear weapons and to follow in the footsteps of President Barack Obama, who made a historic visit to this city in May.

Hiroshima, the atomic bomb blasts and outgoing American president Obama v. presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump - what direction will the world take when it comes to nuclear peace? However, the fact that nuclear weapons still exist, and Donald Trump has allegedly asked recently why an atomic bomb couldn't be used again, points to the general lack of awareness of the real and lasting consequences of nuclear weapon use.

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The United States dropped the bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killing thousands of people instantly and about 140,000 by the end of that year.

A Quaker group in Cambridge planned to float candles out into the Charles River Saturday evening to remember those who died and read an essay by Trappist monk Thomas Merton, "Original Child Bomb", about the bombing.


"We need to fill our policymakers with the passion to solidify this unity and create a security system based on trust and dialogue", he said.

Obama became the first sitting US president to pay tribute to those killed by the first atomic bomb used in combat, dropped by the U.S.to force Japan's capitulation in World War II.

As nuclear states, representatives from the United States, Britain, France and Russian Federation attended.

On August 6th, 1945 the United States dropped the atomic bomb "Little Boy" on Hiroshima in a bid to bring a decisive conclusion to the Second World War.

Abe, after lying a wreath of flowers, reiterated Saturday that Tokyo will continue working to rid the world of nuclear weapons.


The Hiroshima bombing on August 6, 1945 claimed the lives of 140,000 people.

In his speech, the mayor also cautioned Abe against his push to revise Japan's war-renouncing constitution to give more power to the Japanese military.

While President Obama may have come away from his Hiroshima visit with a message of a nuclear-free world, it is not one echoed by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Six days after the Nagasaki atomic blast, Japan surrendered, effectively ending WWII. About 50,000 participants, including aging survivors and dignitaries, held a moment of silence at a memorial ceremony in the western Japanese city. This was an action that the United States hoped would help to end the war in the Pacific.


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