Japan today took a moment to pause and remember the victims of an event they can never forget.
On the 6th of August 1945, an American warplane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Tens of thousands of people died in an instant – and an estimated 140,000 people lost their lives by the end of the year.
People from across the country and visitors from around the world have gathered to reflect on the tragedy and call for a world without nuclear weapons.
Around 50,000 people attended the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony today, with representatives from 92 countries among them.
The City of Hiroshima fell silent at 8:15am – 74 years to the exact minute the US bomb struck the city.
The survivors – known as ‘Hibakusha’ – are growing older and fewer in number; their average age is now over 82.
At the end of the ceremony, local Choirs performed the ‘Hiroshima Peace Song’, which was written for the first ceremony, and sung every year thereafter.