Today Japanese remembered Hiroshima – and unveiled a new warship.


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Tens of thousands of people are set to gather in Hiroshima on Tuesday, as they commemorate the 68th anniversary of the day that forever changed the course of this city. On August 6, 1945, in one of the final acts of World War II, a US B-29 bomber named Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing an estimated 140,000 by December that year.

Survivors, relatives, government officials and foreign delegates will convene at a peace memorial park in the city and will observe a minute of silence at 8:15AM, the exact time of the detonation that has changed the lives of so many people not just in the region, but the whole of Japan. Last year, one of the attendees was Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of former US president Harry Truman who was the one who authorized the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki three days later. Daniel was the first Truman to attend the anniversary ceremony in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to attend this year.

Coincidentally, today is also when the government will be unveiling Tokyo’s biggest naval ship in peacetime, a 810 foot helicopter carrier, as part of Japan’s efforts to beef up its Self Defense Force, even as its Pacifist Constitution prevents them from making any attack to settle international disputes. The government says the timing of the unveiling and the Hiroshima anniversary was just coincidental, and was due to favourable ocean tides.

from Japan Daily Press