HIROSHIMA (majirox news) — Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui used the 66th Hiroshima Day anniversary Aug. 6 to blast handling of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and called for an immediate review of national energy policies.
Matsui also called for the abolition of nuclear weapons during his delivery of the city’s customary Peace Declaration issued on the anniversary of becoming the world’s first city to undergo an atomic bomb attack at 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6, 1945, during the closing days of World War II.
“The accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and the ongoing threat of radiation have generated tremendous anxiety among those in the affected areas and many others,” Matsui said while delivering the declaration. “The trust the Japanese people once had in nuclear power has been shattered. From the common admonition that ‘nuclear energy and humankind cannot coexist,’ some seek to abandon nuclear power altogether.
“Others advocate extremely strict control of nuclear power and increased utilization of renewable energy. The Japanese government should humbly accept this reality, quickly review our energy policies, and institute concrete countermeasures to regain the understanding and trust of the people.”
Representatives from 66 countries attended Saturday’s ceremony, including the United States, which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. U.S. representatives attended the ceremony for the second year in succession.
Hiroshima Municipal Government officials announced that as of the end of March this year there were 219,410 survivors of the atomic bombing alive, 8,155 fewer than at the same time the previous year, with an average age of 77.44. At the time of the bombing, Hiroshima had a population of about 350,000, of who some 140,000 were killed by the atomic attack.
Hiroshima’s history has assumed greater than usual prominence internationally this year due to the ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where core meltdowns occurred in three reactors following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 20,000 lives. Deadly levels of radiation have been detected at the plant in recent days.
Hiroshima Peace Declaration in English