By Zhao Wei, Sina English
Hiroshima marked the 67th anniversary of the US atomic bombing on Monday, renewing its call for the elimination of nuclear weapons and seeking help for the aged survivors afflicted by health problems from radiation.
The ceremony started at 8 a.m. About 50,000 people attended the ceremony, according to the Hiroshima municipal government.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda also joined the ceremony at Hiroshima`s Peace Memorial Park. "The government will continue to call for the importance of a world free from nuclear weapons and will support activities to hand down the memories of atomic-bomb sufferers beyond borders and generations in various forms," said Noda.
Representatives from 71 countries attended the commemoration including US Ambassador John Roos. British Ambassador David Warren and French Ambassador Christian Masset attended the memorial for the first time, while China didn’t send any representative there.
It was also attended by a grandson of the late US President Harry Truman, who ordered the bombing.
The memorial comes at a time when an increasing number of people in Japan are concerned about radiation-induced health problems in the wake of the 2011 massive earthquake, which caused a serious nuclear leak.