Today, August 9th is the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, the second city in Japan after Hiroshima, three days earlier to be devastated by a nuclear bomb dropped by the American Air Force during World War II.
The original, intended target was the industrial city of Kitakyushu to the north of Nagasaki but the target was changed due to prevailing cloud cover on the day.
The day will be marked by solemn memorial services in the port city on the western coast of Kyushu, including an annual address by the Mayor of Nagasaki as he delivers a Peace Declaration to the World.
A solemn prayer is held at 11.02am, the exact time of the bombing and the mayor of Nagasaki will repeat his pleas for a nuclear-free Japan, given extra emphasis this year as the LDP-led government gradually tries to reopen nuclear reactors closed since the 2011 tsunami and subsequent meltdown of nuclear facilities in Fukushima Prefecture.
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