The Japanese nation remembered the thousands who died when the first atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima 31 years ago, when a memorial service was held in the rebuilt city on Friday (6 August).
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CU Hiroshima Mayor Araki speaking at microphone
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Background: The Japanese nation remembered the thousands who died when the first atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima 31 years ago, when a memorial service was held in the rebuilt city on Friday (6 August).
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony, which is held each year, took place in the shadow of the Atom Bomb Dome -- the old Hiroshima Industrial Production Hall, the ruins of which have been preserved as a symbol of peace. This year more than two thousand other people died as a result of the original explosion.
The names of the latest victims have been added to the list of 89,134 on the memorial cenotaph of those known to have died in the holocaust.
Hiroshima's mayor, Mr. Takeshi Araki, told the crowd of forty thousand, that the people of Hiroshima could foresee the extinction of mankind and the end to civilisation in the event of another war. Later this year he hopes to go to the United States to promote his campaign for world nuclear disarmament.
Also present at the ceremony was the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Takeo Miki. In his address he said that a peace that depended on nuclear weapons as a safeguard, was not a real peace. He said it was the moral responsibility of the Japanese people to shout their message of peace throughout the world because they were the only nation to have suffered from the atom bomb. Earlier this year, Japan's Parliament ratified the nuclear non-proliferation treaty signed six years ago.