Japan marks 77th anniversary of Nagasaki atomic bombing

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was among officials paying their respects in Nagasaki on Tuesday as the city marked the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing that instantly killed over 75,000 people.

Speaking to a crowd that included Japanese politicians, local leaders and foreign dignitaries, Kishida expressed sympathy for the people that died in the nuclear blast and those who continued to live with its effects.

"As Prime Minister, I humbly offer up my sincere condolences to the spirits of those people who were sacrificed, and offer my heartfelt sympathy to those who continue to suffer the aftereffects," he said.

The Nagasaki atomic bombing came three days after a U.S. B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, carried out the world's first nuclear attack in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. That bombing killed approximately 140,000 out of an estimated population of 350,000, with thousands more dying later of injuries and radiation-related illness.

(Source: Reuters) 


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