The Courier-Mail

Abe holds to principles at Nagasaki memorial

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TOKYO: Japan yesterday marked the 70th anniversar­y of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came under fire for his attempts to expand the military’s role.

Bells tolled and thousands of people observed a minute’s silence at 11:02am, the moment the bomb from a US plane devastated the port city on August 9, 1945.

Mr Abe (pictured), who laid a wreath at the ceremony, promised that Japan would continue to abide by its longheld principles: not producing, possessing or allowing nuclear weapons on Japanese territory. He was criticised for failing to mention the principles at a ceremony in Hiroshima.

He has been criticised for his attempts to expand the role of his pacifist country’s Self-Defence Forces.

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