Hiroshima marks 68th anniversary of US atomic bombing
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AFP) - Tens of thousands gathered for peace ceremonies in Hiroshima on Tuesday to mark the 68th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city, as anti-nuclear sentiment runs high in Japan.
The annual commemoration came as radioactive water leaks from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have rekindled fears about its precarious state, and underscored broader worries over atomic power following Japan's 2011 nuclear crisis.
In Hiroshima, ageing survivors, relatives, government officials and foreign delegates observed a moment of silence at 8:15 am local time, when the detonation turned the western Japanese city into an inferno.
"We offer heartfelt consolation to the souls of the atomic bomb victims by pledging to do everything in our power to eliminate the absolute evil of nuclear weapons and achieve a peaceful world," Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui told the ceremony.