Japan Marks 75th Anniversary Of Bombing In Hiroshima

Ceremonies to remember victims scaled back due to pandemic.

Sohil Nikam

August 6, 2020

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Japan marked the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing by the United States today. Every year, various ceremonies are held to remember the victims of this attack, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of those events have been scaled back this year. This morning, survivors, relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended the main event in Hiroshima. While praying for those killed or wounded, they wished for world peace. However, the general public was not allowed to attend this event.

The nuclear weapons used by the United States in Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed between 1,29,000 and 2,26,000 people in Japan, most of whom were civilians. The first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, while the second atomic attack took place in Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The large scale loss experienced by Japan by the two bombings led to it surrendering to the Allied Forces on August 15, which eventually led to the end of World War II.

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