Hiroshima Bomb Anniversary 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The atomic dome in HiroshimaToday, August 6th is the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and a year on from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima on March 11, 2011.

Ceremonies take place in Hiroshima Peace Park and throughout Japan to remember the approximately 140,000 victims of Japan's first but not only nuclear disaster. Around 50,000 people are expected to attend the event in Hiroshima.

A debate is now being joined in the streets by demonstrators lead by Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto protesting against the continued use of nuclear energy in Japan.

The city of Hiroshima relied on a nuclear power plant on the Japan Sea coast of Shimane Prefecture for much of its power before it was shut down in the wake of the events in Fukushima.

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