On August 6, 1945, 75 thousand people died in the atom bomb attack which wiped out Hiroshima.
FILE (1945) (MONO/MUTE)
GV PAN Hiroshima after the atom bomb fell
Twisted metallic structure of building after explosion (2 shots)
TBS (AUGUST 6, 1983) (COLOUR, SOUND)
GVs and SVs People, including Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, at ceremony (3 shots)
SV Documents containing names of atom bomb victims being handed over at ceremony
SV Audience at remembrance ceremony
SVs People praying as bell is sounded at time the bomb went off (3 shots)
GV PULL BACK TO SV People lying on ground, eyes closed, in front of Hiroshima memorial, as bells ring
GV Thousands of doves being released as symbol of peace (2 shots)
Mr. Nakasone speaking (JAPANESE SOT) (2 shots)
GV and SV Nakasone and audience seated, listening to orchestra (2 shots)
SVs People placing flowers at foot of monument (4 shots)
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Background: On August 6, 1945, 75 thousand people died in the atom bomb attack which wiped out Hiroshima. A second bomb, on Nagasaki, brought the Second World War to a close, and marked the start of the nuclear arms race. In Hiroshima itself, a shattered dome is now all that is left of the old Japanese city. It now stands in the Peace Park, where thousands gathered on August 6, 1983, thirty-eight years after the bomb fell, for a commemorative ceremony. Under the arch marking the centre of the fireball, files containing the names of the dead were buried. The ceremony was attended by survivors, and Japan's Prime Minister, Yasuhiro Nakasone. At eight-fifteen a.m. (local time) young people lay down in the park as the sound bells marked the precise time of the attack. During the ceremony, survivors placed flowers at the foot of the memorial, and thousands of doves were released to remind the world of the price it had then paid for peace. Another 75 thousand people are believed to have died since 1945 from radiation sickness. Two thousand more fall sick every year.