Today is the 66th anniversary of the Atomic bombing event in Nagasaki, Japan

August 9th, 2011 - 7:58 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Tokyo, Aug 9 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Today – 9th of August 2011 – marks the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese town of Nagasaki. This year’s anniversary is important because it is the first time that the United States which carried out the attack will be taking part in the memorial.

On that fateful day in 1945, the US army dropped the first nuclear bomb in Nagasaki at exactly 0202 GMT. The attack resulted in the death of about 80,000 people. Another nuclear bomb was dropped on the town of Hiroshima three days later. The second bomb caused the death of up to 140,000 people. Japanese forces surrendered three days after the drop of the second nuclear bomb in Hiroshima.

The events took place during the last stages of the Second World War. Mayor of Nagasaki, Tomihisa Taue, stated that, “Why must this nation that has so long fought for bomb victims once again live in fear of radiation? The time has come to thoroughly talk about what kind of society we want and make a choice.”

Prime Minister Naoto Kan promised that Japan will gradually shift from their dependency on nuclear energy to the use of renewable energy. Japan currently has about 54 nuclear reactors.

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