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    Thirty nine years later, on August 6, 1984, the rebuilt city of Hiroshima observed the anniversary of that fateful day.

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    1. GV Mushroom cloud from atomic explosion 0.12
    2. GV PAN Handful of buildings remain upright, bereft of form, in flattened landscape after explosion (2 shots) 0.25
    COLOUR (NHK) AUGUST 4, 1984:
    3. GV & SVs Anti-nuclear demonstrators, including former US priest who blessed plane dropped the Hiroshima bomb, march through streets (5 shots) 0.52
    4. GV & SV Former priest lays wreath at memorial of bombing (3 shots) 1.14
    (EUROVISION) AUGUST 6, 1984:
    5. TV Damaged building from explosion; amid rebuilt city 1.18
    6. GV Anniversary ceremony with crowds watching (2 shots) 1.18
    7. SV Official lays wreath, as others carry bouquets (3 shots) 1.52
    8. GVs Bell is tolled as crowds pray (5 shots) 2.18
    9. SV PAN People play dead in mock die-in, with flames fading in over pictures (2 shots) 2.30
    10. GVs Doves of peace rise into sky (2 shots) 2.39

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    Background: HIROSHIMA, JAPAN

    Thirty nine years later, on August 6, 1984, the rebuilt city of Hiroshima observed the anniversary of that fateful day. Over 40,000 people gathered at the city's Peace Park to honour the memory of the estimated 140,000 people who died from the explosion's searing heat and shock waves. Anti-nuclear activists and Father George Zabelka participated in peace marches through the streets. The former army priest, who blessed the aircraft "Enola Gay" which delivered the bomb to Hiroshima, became a peace activist and a pacifist after visiting Hiroshima shortly after the explosion. Most of those who lived through the devastation suffered radiation of a magnitude never experienced before by human beings. Many of those who survived feared that defects might be transmitted genetically to their children. For years, children of survivors found it hard to get jobs. Dr Abraham Kagan, American Vice-President of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, said "studies have shown no signs of children conceived after the explosion inheriting radiation-induced disease". Human foetuses gestating at the time suffered serious abnormalities, however. In the 1950's there was a peak in outbreaks of leukemia, and in the 1960s there was a peak in the outbreak of other forms of cancers. Very few cases, according to Dr Kiyoshi Kuramoto of Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Hospital, have been found in recent years. Hiroshima's Mayor Takeshi Araki told the gathering that the United States and the Soviet Union were pursuing "a reckless nuclear arms race towards oblivion". He said that the superpowers were, "Not content with deploying sophisticated intermediate range missiles in Europe and Asia. They were now projecting their nuclear strategies even into space, thus exacerbating global military tensions and pushing the world to the very brink of nuclear war". The day was marked by wrangling between anti-nuclear campaigners. During Arakai's speech a rival demonstration could be heard being staged outside the park by groups demanding a tougher Japanese r
    ole in foreign policy. The assembly fell silent for a moment of prayer as a bell tolled at 08:15, the moment that the bomb, dubbed "Little Boy" struck. All public transport in the city halted for one minute. After the prayer, doves were released and the crowd sang a song composed in memory of the victims.


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