Japan marks the 75th anniversary of atomic bomb attacks on its two cities.

Japan marks the 75th anniversary of atomic bomb attacks on its two cities.

Japan marks the 75th anniversary of atomic bomb attacks on its two cities. It marked the 75th anniversary since the world’s first nuclear attack on Thursday. Near about 140,000 people killed in the months after the explosion. The anniversary commemorated with songs, prayers, and calls for peace in the world by the Survivors, their relatives, and a small number of foreign dignitaries. 

People offered a pin drop silence in a ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial at exactly 8:15 a.m. local time. It is the time when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said in an address, “We must never allow this painful past to repeat itself.”

On August 6, 1945, the US detonated the first nuclear weapon named “Little Boy” on Hiroshima that destroyed the whole city very badly. Near about 140,000 people had died either in the attack or due to the result of aftereffects by the end of 1945 and that includes mostly civilians, and around 40% of the city’s population prior to the attack. 

The second bomb named ” Fat Man” was detonated by the US three days after on the southern city of Nagasaki. Approximately 74,000 people sacrificed their lives in 1945 alone. A day after, on August 15, 1945, Japan declared its surrender. The survivors of the bomb are known as “Hibakushas”. The Hibakushas experienced long-term effects and elevated risks of thyroid cancer and leukemia.

The reason behind the nuclear attack is the worse relations between Japan and the USA after the end of World War II in 1945. This was mainly because, the forces of Japan wanted to conquer oil-rich areas of the East Indies. That is why, the US President Harry Truman decided to detonate the atomic bomb to make Japan surrender in the war, and the US did it.

The main cause that the US choose the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was because of the targeting military production of the country. The US was well known about the ability of Japan to fight wars and he wants to destroy it. One of the army headquarters of Japan was in Hiroshima city and it was the largest supplier of immunization to troops.

On the other hand, Nagasaki was one of the largest seaports in southern Japan. This city was famous for its wartime importance. It has the largest industrial area where the production of military weapons, ordnance, ships, and other war materials took place.

Keeping in view coronavirus epidemic concerns, very few people near about 1,000, attended the ceremony in comparison to the past years. Many people who attended the ceremony wore black costumes and face masks to keep them safe from deadly disease.

Most people watched the ceremony online because they are not allowed to attend it due to safety concerns. Most of the traditional events were not performed that usually take place every year to mark the anniversary. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan attended the ceremony and laying a wreath to pay homage to the people who sacrificed their lives.

(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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