Nagasaki marks bomb with nuclear-free Japan call
TOKYO (AFP) - The mayor of Nagasaki called on Thursday for a Japan free of nuclear fears as the city marked the 67th anniversary of its World War II atomic bombing by the United States.
"Even during wartime there are certain unacceptable actions," Mr Tomihisa Taue told a commemoration ceremony held to remember the 74,000 people who died either instantly or in the months and years after the bombing.
Mr Taue pledged support for people whose lives have been upended by meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station after it was swamped by the tsunami of March 2011. He also called on the central government to "set new energy policy goals to build a society free from the fear of radioactivity".
The annual ceremony was held near the spot where the US military dropped its plutonium bomb, nicknamed "Fat Man", on Aug 9, 1945, just days ahead of Japan's surrender.