Japan urged to join nuke ban treaty

World | ASSOCIATED PRESS 7 Aug 2019

Hiroshima marked the 74th anniversary of the city's atomic bombing with renewed calls for eliminating such weapons and demands that Japan's government do more.

Mayor Kazumi Matsui raised concerns in his peace address yesterday about the rise of self-centered politics and urged leaders to work toward achieving a world without atomic weapons. He urged the younger generations never to dismiss the atomic bombings and the war as mere events of history, but think of them as their own.

Matsui also demanded Japan's government represent the wills of atomic bombing survivors and sign a UN nuclear weapons ban treaty.

The US attack on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killed 140,000 people. The bomb dropped three days later on Nagasaki killed another 70,000 before Japan's surrender ended World War II.

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