9 Août 2017
August 9, 2017
Nagasaki marks 72 years since atomic bombing
People are gathering in Nagasaki for its annual Peace Memorial Ceremony. In 1945, the city was leveled by an American atomic bomb, killing more than 70,000 people in that year alone.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to attend along with representatives from 58 countries and territories.
A list of 175,743 victims will be placed into a stone vault.
The list includes the names of 3,551 who died or were confirmed to have died in the past year as a result of bombing.
Participants will observe a moment of silence at 11:02, the exact moment the bomb was dropped.
The mayor of Nagasaki Tomihisa Taue reads a peace declaration every year at the ceremony.
This year, Taue is expected to refer to a United Nations treaty legally banning nuclear weapons adopted by 122 countries and territories last month.
Nuclear states and countries that depend on them for protection, including Japan, did not take part in the talks.
Taue is expected to encourage the Japanese government to bridge the divide over the treaty.
The average age of the survivors, also known as hibakusha is over 81 years old.
So there is a sense of urgency in their wish to make Nagasaki the last place hit by an atomic bomb.