The bells rang and thousands of people prayed with head bowed in Hiroshima, in the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the launch of the first atomic bomb in the world and underlined the growing tensions attempts by Japan to overcome his pacifist constitution .
The Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, called for the abolition of nuclear weapons and demanded the creation of security systems that do not depend on military power.
“Working with patience and perseverance to achieve these systems is vital and will require that we promote throughout the world the way to true peace revealed by the pacifism of the Japanese Constitution,” he said in a speech.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government are enacting security laws in parliament that could allow the dispatch of Japanese conflict for the first time since the troops World War II , a situation that sparked protests throughout the country.
At 08:15 local time (2315 GMT), the exact moment when the bomb exploded on August 6, 1945, the crowd observed a minute of silence under the intense heat of summer, with the background sound of the cicadas and the ringing of the Peace Bell.
Many of those present at the ceremony renewed his calls for peace.
“My grandfather died here then and I still wonder how he felt then,” said Tomiyo Sota. “I was only 21 years old and it hurts to think that he died so young.”
The bombing of Hiroshima, which left 140,000 dead end of the year, was followed by the explosion of another bomb on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, which killed some 40,000 people instantly. The war ended on August 15.
Opposition to Abe safety laws that were already approved in the lower house of Parliament and are being debated now in the upper chamber, remains strong, and Abe’s popularity ratings have fallen below 40 percent .
Many who still have memories of the conflict and its aftermath Abe reject efforts to leave behind Japan’s pacifist constitution, seeking a stronger position in political objective -a security key- and their desire to adopt a less apologetic tone to War in Asia.
Abe attended the ceremony, echoing the call to eliminate nuclear weapons. The next week plans to release a statement to mark the anniversary of the end of the war, where critics fear could try to dilute the last official apology.