This year's anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima will take place as always on August 6 in this port city in the Chugoku district of Japan. Since last year's anniversary, President Barack Obama has become the first serving US president to visit the Hiroshima Peace Museum. During his moving speech at the site, Obama offered no apology for the bombing, but his presence was welcomed by the majority of the Japanese public, and was seen as part of the gradual healing process.
This year is the 71st anniversary of those tragic events that took place at 8.16am on the morning of August 6, 1945. Solemn ceremonies will take place as usual in Hiroshima Peace Park and throughout Japan to remember the approximately 140,000 victims of Japan's first but not only nuclear disaster.
The bombing of Nagasaki by the US Air Force was to follow just 3 days later and then again in Fukushima in 2011, another nuclear disaster was to occur. This one caused by a natural disaster aided by human error and institutional incompetence.
The current LDP government lead by conservative hawk Shinzo Abe is seeking to change Article 9 of the Japanese constitution that would allow Japanese forces to engage overseas for the first time since World War II.
This move is taking place during a period of rising tension with neighbor China over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
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