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Nagasaki Mayor Calls for Nuclear Weapons Ban on 75th Anniversary of Atomic Bombing

HeadlineAug 10, 2020

Sunday marked 75 years since the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, which killed 74,000 people. Three days earlier, the U.S. dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, killing some 140,000 people. This is Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue, speaking at a commemoration ceremony where he urged the Japanese government to ratify a 2017 nuclear ban treaty, and called for a worldwide ban on nuclear weapons.

Mayor Tomihisa Taue: “Same as with the novel coronavirus, which we did not fear until it began spreading among our immediate surroundings, if humanity is not aware of the threat of nuclear weapons until they are used again, we will find ourselves in an irrevocable predicament.”

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