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76th anniversary of the Hiroshima tragedy

Tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki must never be repeated: Ito Naoki

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 5th August, 2021 06:08:12 PM
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The tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki must never be repeated, said Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki in a message ahead of the 76th anniversary of the tragedy in Hiroshima.

 “It has been 76 years since the atomic bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As the number of survivors is getting fewer each year, it is all the more critical for us to remember the tragedies and inhumanity of using nuclear weapons, and pass the lessons we have learned on to future generations beyond borders,” he said.

As the only country that has experienced the horror of nuclear weapons, Japan has the mission to work closely with other countries and citizens toward realizing a world free of nuclear weapons, said the Japanese Ambassador.

The United States dropped atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 in 1945, the final year of World War II, respectively. This was the first time atomic bomb was used. It’s estimated that up to 140,000 died from the bombing of Hiroshima, the vast majority of them civilians. At Nagasaki, bombed three days later, up to 70,000 died.

Japan marks Hiroshima Day on August 6 to raise awareness about the devastating power of what its emperor Hirohito described as “a new and most cruel bomb”. The day also reminds the world about the need for “peace politics” to avoid any more world wars and destruction.

Ambassador Ito Naoki recalled that when he came to Bangladesh in October 2019, he has been touched to realize so many Bangladeshi people learn the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and devote themselves to advocacy for peace.

 “The atrocity of atomic bomb and even SASAKI Sadako’s paper cranes are on the textbooks for elementary schools,” he said adding “I know many Bangladeshi people commemorates the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th as `Hiroshima Day.’”

 “That compassion the citizens of Bangladesh shows to the tragedies in Japan means a lot to us. Thus this `Hiroshima Day’ in Bangladesh is significant for our long-standing friendship and partnership.”

He hoped that this day, August 6th, will keep inspiring people, especially young generations, to become aware of the atomic bomb tragedies and the importance of peace. 

 “As humanitarian crises and pandemics spread across national borders, it seems that it is becoming more and more essential to share thoughts about peace and human tragedies and to show solidarity across our global community,” Ambassador Ito added.

 “Today, I reverently express my sincere condolences to the souls of the great number of atomic bomb victims. It is inscribed on the monument for atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima that “Let all the souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the evil.”

Appreciating Bangladeshi people who have shown sympathy to the victims and expressed compassionate views for peace of the world, Ito Naoki said, “I hope that we, the people of Japan and Bangladesh, stand together to make this world more peaceful and harmonious for all.”