Japanese Students Use VR To Recreate Hiroshima Bombing

Japanese Students Use VR To Recreate Hiroshima Bombing

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss efforts to prevent future use of nuclear weapons are Director of the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College, Dr. Tanya Maus; and Wilmington College Adjunct Professor of Public History and Cincinnati Art Museum Digital Specialist Rachel Ellison.

"If the human family forgets history or stops confronting it, we could again commit a awful error", Mayor Kazumi Matsui said at the ceremony.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in his message during the ceremony that Hiroshima's legacy is one of "resilience" and sought continued moral support from the hibakusha survivors for efforts in promoting the ban of nuclear weapons.

Tens of thousands of people were killed instantly, and by the end of 1945, about 140,000 had died because of the effects of the attack.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, standing at the park near ground zero for the annual ceremony, made his annual call for a world without nuclear weapons and warned of the threat of rising nationalism.

About 50,000 people, including Hiroshima residents and representatives from 58 countries, including US Ambassador William Hagerty, attended this year's ceremony. Japan, which hosts USA troops and is covered by the United States nuclear umbrella protecting it from attack, has not signed the treaty. "I want Japan to work toward eliminating nuclear weapons", Ota added.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the anniversary event.

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The anniversary comes amid hopes to denuclearise North Korea after its pledge to do so at the Singapore summit in June.

Japan suffered two nuclear attacks by the United States at the end of World War II, first in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and then in Nagasaki three days later.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, attending the memorial ceremony, pledged that Japan will try to bridge nuclear powers and non-nuclear states and lead global efforts.

Organizers of this year's observance hope to draw attention to the treaty and have the U.S.be the first of the nuclear powers to take the first steps in ratifying it.

The bombings claimed the lives of 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 74,000 people in Nagasaki. Barack Obama, who had sought a policy of nuclear arms reduction, visited the site in 2016.

Speaking at the ceremony, Abe said Japan will try to act as a bridge between nuclear powers and non-nuclear states and lead worldwide efforts for a world without nuclear weapons.

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