Abe holds to principles at Nagasaki memorial
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.