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No more Nukes says Japan

Tens of thousands of people in Japan marked the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, which killed about 140 000 people and brought about the end of World War II.

The United States of America dropped the atomic bomb named “Little Boy” on Hiroshima o6 August and on 09 August dropped “Fat Man” on Nagasaki.

The Hiroshima prefecture health department estimated that, of the people who died on the day of the explosion, 60% died from flash or flame burns, 30% from falling debris and 10% from other causes.

Many atomic bomb survivors, known as “hibakusha”, oppose both military and civil use of nuclear power, pointing to the tens of thousands who were killed instantly in the Hiroshima blast and the many more who later died from radiation sickness and cancers linked to the attack.

“We want to work together with people in Fukushima and join our voices calling for no more nuclear victims,” said Toshiyuki Mimaki, 70, an atomic bomb survivor.

Kumiko Okamoto, a 38-year-old mother of two, who fled to Hiroshima from disaster-struck northern Japan, said: “There is no difference between atomic bombs and nuclear accidents.”

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