Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing in World War II

Hidekazu Tanaka left stands beside Jan Letzel's original conceptual drawing of the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall

Matsui urged leaders to steadily work toward achieving a world without atomic weapons.

Before he came to Dhaka last September as ambassador of Japan, many Japanese friends and colleagues who had special bond with Bangladesh told him that quite a lot of Bangladeshi people knew the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; and some Bangladeshi organisations held memorial events every year on the day of tragedies.

Abe said Japan is determined to act as a bridge between the 2 sides, and to be an worldwide leader.

Participants in Monday's ceremony - survivors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and representatives from 80 countries - observed a minute's silence at 8:15 a.m., the moment when the U.S. dropped its payload on the unsuspecting population 73 years ago.

The 73rd anniversary comes after Pyongyang's promise of a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula grabbed attention following the historic US-North Korean summit in June.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who also was at the ceremony, said differences between the nuclear and non-nuclear states are widening.

"Certain countries are blatantly proclaiming self-centered nationalism and modernizing their nuclear arsenals, rekindling tensions that had eased with the end of the Cold War", Matsui said.

The US attack on Hiroshima killed 140,000 people, and the bombing of Nagasaki killed more than 70,000 three days later, leading to Japan's surrender and ending World War II.

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"Atomic bombs were created by the evil ideas of human beings", said Sunao Tsuboi, the 93-year-old head of one of the groups of those who survived the USA atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, in the closing days of World War II.

"The important thing now is to patiently continue efforts to gain cooperation from both nuclear and nonnuclear states and take practical steps", Abe said, highlighting the importance of pursuing nuclear disarmament through the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, or NPT.

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.

Atomic bomb survivors and many visitors prayed for peace at the Peace Memorial Park near Ground Zero under the scorching summer heat.

In Friday, Aug. 8, 2018, photo, Namio Matsura, 17-year-old member of the computation skill research club at Fukuyama Technical High School, watches Hiroshima city before atomic bomb fell in virtual reality experience at the high school in Hiroshima, western Japan.

A bell tolled in Hiroshima as Japan marked 73 years since the world's first atomic bombing, with the city's mayor warning that rising nationalism worldwide threatens peace.

Tomie Makita, 88, of Hiroshima pays a visit to the park every year on August 6 to remember the bombing that claimed the lives of her friends.

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