Aug. 6 - Hiroshima commemorates 68 years since the world's first atomic bomb on a civilian target. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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Japan marked 68 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Tuesday (August 6), as the government came under criticism for its push to promote its nuclear technology outside the nation.
Hundreds arrived early in the morning before sunrise to offer prayers and incense to the thousands who perished in the attack and the many more who died of radiation exposure in the closing days of World War Two.
Later in the day, at the time the bombed was dropped around 08:15 am (2315 GMT) by the U.S. B-29 warplane Enola Gay, the city observed a minute of silence while tolling the peace bell.
Speaking at the ceremony following that, Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe read out a prepared speech where he said Japan had a duty to press for a world without nuclear weapons.
The bomb dropped on the city, nicknamed "Little Boy", releasing a mix of shock waves, heat rays and radiation. The death toll by the end of 1945 was estimated at about 140,000 out of the total 350,000 who lived there at the time.
Three days after the attack on Hiroshima, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on the southern city of Nagasaki. Japan surrendered six days later.
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