INTRODUCTION: People in Japan and other parts of the world turned out on Thursday (6 August) to remember again the victims of Hiroshima.
GV Crowd at Peace Park, Hiroshima.
GV Names of Hiroshima victims who died this year added to cenotaph.
GV Mr. Chizou Yao, speaker of City Assembly walks up to Cenotaph steps, and speaks. (Japanese).
GV PAN Hiroshima city.
GV Mayor, Mr. Takeshi Araki laying wreath.
GV Victims' relatives lay wreaths.
GV Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki lays wreath. (2 SHOTS)
GV Only surviving building of Hiroshima bombing.
GV Japanese official laying wreath.
SV & GV Flame burns, bell tolls during one minute's silence. Man ringing bell. (4 SHOTS)
GV Mayor Araki speaks to crowds, dissolve INTO memorial.
GV Doves being released.
SV Suzuki speaks to crowd.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: People in Japan and other parts of the world turned out on Thursday (6 August) to remember again the victims of Hiroshima. In Hiroshima City, Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki joined 40,000 others in the 36th anniversary remembrance ceremony. A similar memorial service will be held in Nagasaki on Sunday (9 August) to mark the anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb devastation.
SYNOPSIS: This was Peace Park, Hiroshima, 36 years to the day after planes dropped the first atomic bomb.
The explosion and resulting radiation were estimated to have killed more than 200,000 people. There decades later, people are still dying from ailments caused by the bomb attack. Here, the names of almost 3,000 victims who died in the last year, are added to those already at the Hiroshima a Cenotaph in the centre of the rebuilt city.
The first speaker at the ceremony was Mr. Chizou Yao, speaker of the Hiroshima a City Assembly. On this same spot last year, Pole John Paul the Second told the world that to "remember Hiroshima is to abhor nuclear war and commit oneself to peace." This was a theme repeated this year by Mr. Yao and later speakers.
Thirty-six year ago, the area was a smouldering ruin. After the explosion came a fire-storm which spared almost nothing. The represent mayor, Mr. Takeshi Araki, survived the explosion . He appealed for an end to the arms race.
Relatives of the Hiroshima a bomb victims laid their floral tributes. They live in what is now at thriving industrial city. It was completely rebuilt form ruins resulting for the B-29 bombers unloading their deadly cargo.
Prime Minister Suzuki also paid his respects for the Japanese nation. He was there third prime minister to attend the annual service since 1945, there first in the last five years.
He was followed by a number of Japanese officials. Elsewhere in the city, scores of anti-nuclear protesters staged demonstrations to coincide with the ceremony.
The ceremony included a minute's silence. While the crowd bowed their heads, a solitary bell tolled. While the ceremony was going on Japanese speakers at a United Nations disarmament hearing in Geneva were calling for an international ban on test explosion. Their meeting also observed a minute's silence.
In his address, Mr. Araki said the current arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union was pushing mankind to the brink of destruction.
Then came the release of thousands of doves, universal symbol of peace among nations.
And finally, an address from Prime Minister Suzuki. He re-affirmed Japan's commitment to non-nuclear policies. He pledged further efforts to remove the threat of nuclear holocaust.