The Madeleine Brand Show for August 15, 2012

Pacific Rim Diaries: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Japan Marks 67th Anniversary Of Hiroshima Atomic Bomb

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Paper lanterns float on the Motoyasu River in front of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, commonly called the Atomic Bomb Dome, at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on August 6, 2012 in Hiroshima. Japan. Japan is marking the 67th anniversary of the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima by the United States on August 6, 1945, which killed an estimated 70,000 people instantly and many thousands more over the following years from radiation. Three days later another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, that effectively ended World War II.

67 years ago today, Japan surrendered and World War II ended. The surrender came about a week after the Americans dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

Every year on August 15, Hiroshima remembers that day that killed about 200,000 people. The remembrance is organized by the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, whose leader is American Steven Leeper. Though more than 60 years have passed since that day, the two Japanese cities still fight for nuclear non-proliferation.


Roland Kelts, Pacific Rim Diaries contributor

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