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(Mainichi Japan) August 9, 2010
Nagasaki marks 65th anniversary of atomic bombing with call for nuclear abolition

NAGASAKI -- Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged nuclear nations not to trample on efforts to achieve a nuclear-free world in a ceremony on Aug. 9 marking the 65th anniversary of the World War II atomic bombing of the city.
About 6,000 people took part in the ceremony at Nagasaki Peace Park to remember the victims of the Aug. 9, 1945 bombing. At 11:02 a.m., the time the bomb exploded over the city, participants observed a minute of silence.

In his peace declaration, Taue heavily criticized nuclear powers for rejecting a proposal at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference that had established a timeline for nuclear disarmament.

"We call upon the leaders of the nuclear weapons states never to trample on humanity's efforts for a world without nuclear weapons." he said.

"The lack of sincere commitment from the nuclear weapons states toward nuclear disarmament could provoke antipathy and lead to the emergence of more new nuclear weapons states, increasing the threat of nuclear proliferation around the world."

The mayor said Nagasaki strongly supported the Nuclear Weapons Convention that U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, who recently visited Nagasaki, has urged U.N. member countries to consider.

In his declaration, Taue also mentioned the Japanese government's recent uncovering of a secret nuclear pact and criticized its "past responses that have turned the three non-nuclear principles (of not possessing, producing or introducing nuclear weapons into Japan) into a mere formality."

The mayor also pointed out that Japan has been promoting negotiations on a nuclear agreement with India, a non-NPT member country that possesses nuclear weapons.
"This means that a nation that has suffered atomic bombings itself is now severely weakening the NPT regime, which is beyond intolerable," he said.

He also called on the Japanese government to enact the three non-nuclear principles into law and propose a Northeast Asian nuclear weapon-free zone to maintain security without reliance on a nuclear umbrella.

Participants in the ceremony included Prime Minister Naoto Kan, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano, and two atomic bomb survivors from South Korea, who represented the non-Japanese survivors of the bombing. Officials from a record 32 countries took part in the ceremony, 15 of them for the first time. Among those attending for the first time were officials from the nuclear powers of Britain and France, and from Israel, which is believed to possess nuclear weapons. U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos, who attended the atomic-bomb ceremony in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, did not make an appearance at the Nagasaki ceremony.

At this year's ceremony a choir formed by atomic bomb survivors performed for the first time. After the performance, three books containing the names of 3,114 people newly confirmed to have died after being exposed to radiation from the bombing were enshrined in a memorial, bringing the total number of recorded deaths in 153 enshrined books to 152,276.

During the ceremony, 81-year-old Yasunobu Uchida, a representative of the atomic bomb survivors, shared his own experiences.
"Not only did the atomic bomb blast burn my skin, it gave me an illness that abnormally increased my white blood cells. When I later married and had children, I was I worried about their health. I cannot forgive bombings like this and other nuclear weapons.
It is now time for Japan to stand at the forefront and lead the world toward the elimination of nuclear weapons," he said.

Kan, who also spoke at the ceremony, stated, "I firmly believe Japan, as the only country to have experienced nuclear devastation in war, has a moral responsibility to lead actions toward realizing a world without nuclear weapons." He said that he would appeal the importance of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation to world leaders, including the leaders of nuclear powers. The prime minister added that Japan would cooperate with the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima and the United Nations to translate the stories of atomic bomb victims into English and other languages to introduce their personal experiences to countries around the world.



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