Hiroshima marks nuclear anniversary
Hiroshima has marked the 64th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the Japanese city by backing calls by American President Barack Obama for a nuclear-free world. Tadatoshi Akiba, Hiroshima’s mayor, welcomed the commitment at Thursday’s ceremony to commemorate the victims of the attack on August 6, 1945. Up to 50,000 people, including officials and visitors from countries around the world, attended the memorial service in the Hiroshima Peace Park built directly below the point where the bomb exploded. There were no representatives of the then-Western Allied powers who ordered the bombing of Hiroshima and also Nagasaki three days later.