Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing

70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing: Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum shows a view of the mushroom cloud

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss efforts to prevent future use of nuclear weapons are Director of the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College, Dr. Tanya Maus; and Wilmington College Adjunct Professor of Public History and Cincinnati Art Museum Digital Specialist Rachel Ellison.

On July 7, 2017 the United Nations adopted the first legally binding global agreement to prohibit nuclear weapons titled the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

"If the human family forgets history or stops confronting it, we could again commit a awful error".

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in his message the legacy of Hiroshima is one of "resilience" and sought continued moral support from hibakusha survivors.

The bombing of Hiroshima on August 6 in 1945 killed 140,000 people.

Students in Japan spent that last two years working with virtual reality technology to painstakingly recreate the nuclear blast that wiped out Hiroshima in World War 2. Tokyo is under the protection of the U.S.'s so-called "nuclear umbrella" and is not a signatory of Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

He said to achieve "a world without nuclear weapons" people must understand how nuclear bombs can cause tragic results and with this as the starting point, it's necessary to obtain the cooperation of countries with and without such weapons. "We in civil society fervently hope that the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula will proceed through peaceable dialogue", Matsui said.

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The anniversary comes as optimism has grown that North Korea may voluntarily denuclearize after Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and his U.S. counterpart, President Donald Trump, made statements implying as much after they met in Singapore in June.

Japan has largely maintained a hard line on Pyongyang, in particular pushing for movement on citizens abducted decades ago by North Korean agents.

A ceremony was held at the Peace Memorial Park, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan's responsibility is to bridge the gap between nuclear and non-nuclear nations.

Japan needs to lead the worldwide community toward "dialogue and cooperation for a world without nuclear weapons", the mayor added.

The US attack on Hiroshima ultimately killed more than 140,000 people; the bombing of Nagasaki ended another 70,000 lives three days later.

Barack Obama became the first sitting USA president to visit Hiroshima in May 2016.

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