TOKYO: Japan on August 9 commemorated the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki during the Second World War.
Due to the relaxation of Covid-19 limitations, more people were able to attend the yearly celebration, according to reports.
At the ceremony, representatives and dignitaries from more than 80 countries joined survivors and family members of the victims who had come early in the morning to pray.
A moment of silence was observed at 11.02 a.m. since it was at this time on August 9, 1945, when a US B-29 bomber dropped the Fat Man nuclear bomb, which by the end of the year had killed about 74,000 people in Nagasaki.
With its list now officially acknowledging 192,310 persons as victims of the atomic bombs, Nagasaki confirmed the deaths of 3,160 atomic bomb survivors during a one-year period to the end of July.
Following the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, which led to Japan's surrender, the atomic bombardment of Nagasaki occurred.
The mayor of Nagasaki, Taue Tomihisa, emphasised during the ceremony that a specific plan for nuclear armament reductions must be demonstrated and that nuclear powers have a special duty because of the non-proliferation pact.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in his speech that Japan is dedicated to working toward a nuclear-weapons-free world.