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Hiroshima Marks 69th Anniversary of Atomic Bombing

Tens of thousands were to gather for peace ceremonies in Hiroshima today, marking the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city, as anti-nuclear sentiment runs high in Japan.

Ageing survivors, relatives, government officials and foreign delegates, including US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, were to observe a moment of silence at 8:15 am local time (4:45 IST), when the detonation turned the western Japanese city into an inferno.

An American B-29 bomber named Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, in one of the final chapters of World War II. It had killed an estimated 140,000 by December that year.

Three days later, the port city of Nagasaki was also bombed, killing an estimated 70,000 people.

Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945, bringing the war to a close.

Historians have long been at odds over whether the twin attacks brought a speedier end to the war by forcing Japan's surrender and preventing many more casualties in a planned land invasion.

The bombed cities have long been spearheading anti-nuclear movements, calling atomic bombs "the absolute evil".

Last week, US media reported the death of Theodore Van Kirk, the last surviving crewman of the Enola Gay, who passed away aged 93.

A funeral was reportedly scheduled for August 5 in his hometown of Northumberland, Pennsylvania, which would coincide with the Hiroshima anniversary in Japan.

Many atomic bomb survivors, known as "hibakusha", oppose both military and civilian use of nuclear power, pointing to the tens of thousands who were killed instantly in the Hiroshima blast and the many more who later died from radiation sickness and cancer.

Anti-nuclear sentiment flared in Japan after an earthquake-sparked tsunami left some 19,000 dead or missing and knocked out cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in 2011.

None of those deaths were directly attributed to the nuclear crisis. But reactor meltdowns spread radiation over a large area and forced thousands to leave their homes in the worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

Despite strong public opposition, Japan's nuclear watchdog last month said that two atomic reactors were safe enough to switch back on.

The decision marked a big step towards restarting the country's nuclear plants which were shut after the disaster, and sparked accusations that the regulator was a puppet of the powerful atomic industry.

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30/D-47
Aug 10, 2014
11:56 AM


D.L.Narayan,

>> "A tree is judged by the fruit it bears."

I think about that when I consider the bloodstained hands of Modi and Amit Shah but then I think that if I blame Hinduism for that I would be as low as D.L.Narayan. So I stop!

Anwaar, Dallas
29/D-26
Aug 10, 2014
06:35 AM

"Smearing Islam is more important to you then knowing about it!"

A tree is judged by the fruit it bears.

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Visakhapatnam, India
28/D-9
Aug 10, 2014
01:48 AM


D.L.Narayan,

>> "And IGNORE current events the world over and what the radicals are DOING in the name of Islam?"

Smearing Islam is more important to you then knowing about it!

Anwaar, Dallas
27/D-113
Aug 09, 2014
02:52 PM

" So? You should FOLLOW current literatre and what are the reformists and liberals SAYING.".......ANWAAR

And IGNORE current events the world over and what the radicals are DOING in the name of Islam?

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26/D-94
Aug 09, 2014
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>> They are parts of mullahish Islam which is the only Islam you know

Is there any other form known by minorities living in Muslim majority countries?

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