73 Years Later

It has been 73 years today since the United States dropped the atomic bomb “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, Japan.

At least 140,000 people were killed and another 100,000 sustained severe injuries, many of which would follow the survivors and even their children for the rest of their lives.

Japan is the first and only country ever to have been struck with an atomic bomb, and its people are still dealing with the fallout to this day — literally.

“With the current rise of self-centered nationalism and the modernization of nuclear weapons, we are seeing a return to a tension amongst nations that has not been seen since the Cold War. I hope the Japanese government will play its role in realizing the pacifism that the Constitution manifests, and leads the international community in enhancing dialogue and cooperation for a nuclear-free world.”  — Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima

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