Nagasaki marks anniversary of atomic bombing as Japanese demand safeguarding pacifist Constitution

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It was at 11:02 a.m., on August 9, 1945 - three days after the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing about 140,000 people.

The ambassador of Bangladesh to Japan, Rabab Fatima, led the Asian countries in offering wreath at Nagasaki City Peace Park on Wednesday morning to pay homage to the victims of atomic bomb dropped by the United States in Nagasaki in 1945.

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"A strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe that in the not too distant future these weapons could actually be used again", Taue said in Nagasaki's Peace Park. The bomb's code name was "fat man".

His remark comes at a time when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have been eyeing to make Japan's first-ever postwar amendment to the pacifist charter, a move that has proved politically, publicly and internationally decisive.

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Speaking at a ceremony marking the nuclear tragedy of the World War II on Wednesday, Tomihisa Taue urged nuclear states to abandon such weapons and criticised Japan's government for not taking part in the global efforts towards a nuclear ban. The bombing of Nagasaki three days later killed 70,000 more.

According to the Associated Press, he said, "The nuclear threat will not end as long as nations continue to claim that nuclear weapons are essential for their national security".

"This, we will certainly never forget: the fact that at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb exploded in the air right above the hill where we are now assembled, killing and injuring 150,000 people", the mayor said.

Abe, in a speech that was nearly a repeat of what he said in Hiroshima, did not mention the United Nations nuclear ban treaty.

A list of the names of 3,551 people newly confirmed in the year to July to have died due to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki was dedicated at a memorial, bringing the total death toll to 175,743.

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