People in Hiroshima on Thursday are marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city.
About 55,000 people packed Peace Memorial Park for the annual ceremony. Aging survivors of the atomic bomb, known as hibakusha, were among them. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and dignitaries from a record 100 countries also took part.
Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui placed a list of over 297,000 victims of the bombing inside a cenotaph. The list includes the names of more than 5,300 people who died or whose deaths as a result of the bombing were confirmed in the past year.
The crowd observed a minute of silence at 8:15 AM — the exact time the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6th, 1945.
Prime Minister Abe expressed his commitment to global dialogue. He said Japan will continue to seek cooperation from both nuclear and non-nuclear countries to do even more to achieve a world without nuclear weapons.
Abe said that to demonstrate this determination, Japan will introduce a new resolution at the UN General Assembly seeking the abolition of nuclear weapons.