Japanese city of Nagasaki remembers atomic bomb attack exactly 70 years ago

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Japan remembers...
Japan remembers...

An emotional memorial service has been held in the Japanese city of Nagasaki where US forces dropped an atomic bomb exactly 70 years ago.

Speeches at the ceremony criticised the attending Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his plans to loosen the restrictions on what Japan's military can do.

At least 70,000 people died in the attack, which came three days after another bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

Nagasaki was only chosen after a cloud obscured the original target, Kokura.

A solemn ceremony in front of guests from 75 countries, including US ambassador Caroline Kennedy, began on Sunday with a declaration read out by children.

The Japanese prime minister had been criticised for not making the same pledge on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing last week.

Survivors of the atomic bombing attended the annual commemoration in the southern Japanese city along with international guests and others.

They observed a moment of silence at 11.02am local time, which is when the US dropped the atomic bomb, killing more than 70,000 people and prompting Japan’s second world world war surrender.

The first atomic bomb in Hiroshima three days earlier killed 140,000 people.

“As the only nation in the world to have suffered a war-time nuclear attack, I have renewed my resolve to play a leading role in pursuing a world without nuclear weapons and maintain the three non-nuclear principles,” Mr Abe said in the Nagasaki Peace Park.