Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue on Sunday urged Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to sign and ratify the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty, as his Hiroshima counterpart did last Thursday in the EU to mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombs being dropped on both cities.
At 11:02 a.m., at the same time that the US dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki to end World War II, the nearly 500 participants – survivors, Japanese authorities and representatives from up to 70 countries – saved a minute of silence in the City’s Peace Park, built on Ground Zero.
“I remember that day well. I still remember well what the bomb did,” said Miyako Takashima, a 92-year-old survivor. “I was so shocked that I couldn’t even cry that day (…). After that, I felt guilty for surviving,” she told Kiodo News Agency.
The nuclear attack on Nagasaki immediately killed 39,000 people after 70,000 had died three days earlier in Hiroshima on August 6. It is estimated that 340,000 people died from the two atomic bombs in 1950, mainly from diseases caused by ionizing radiation.