Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Japanese students use VR to recreate Hiroshima bombing

Japanese students use VR to recreate Hiroshima bombing

Mayor Kazumi Matsui warned of the re-emergence of tensions over nuclear weapons seen during the Cold War and sought rational actions by global leaders, reports The Japan Times. "That is precisely why we must continue talking about Hiroshima", Matsui said.

On August 6, many people set afloat lanterns in the river Ohta in Hiroshima City, because a lot of people who were burnt in the heat and flame caused by the atomic bombing rushed into the river and died in the water, said the ambassador.

In his speech this year, Abe said Japan will "make strenuous efforts to serve as a bridge between nuclear powers and non-nuclear states".

In this August 8, 1945, photo, survivors walk past one of the few buildings still standing two days after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

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The anniversary comes amid hopes to denuclearise North Korea after President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made vague aspirational statements of denuclearising the peninsula when they met in Singapore in June.

Representatives from seven groups of hibakusha atomic bomb survivors, meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday, requested that the country sign and ratify a nuclear weapons ban treaty that was adopted at the United Nations in July 2017.

Japan should take a more constructive role to achieve a nuclear-free world, he said, urging Tokyo to help the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons take effect.

For example, the Imperial Japanese Army's notorious Unit 731, which was based in the Pingfang district of Harbin, the largest city then in northeast China, was set up around 1936 and conducted vivisection experiments on live human beings to test germ-releasing bombs and chemical bombs, among other criminal atrocities. But he emphasized that differences are emerging among countries on how to proceed with nuclear disarmament, and stated that Japan, under the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, will "serve as a bridge between nuclear powers and non-nuclear states and lead worldwide efforts".

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Their average age is now just over 82. I really felt how scary atomic bombs can be.

In Ashland Monday morning, a brief ceremony marked with the sound of a gong signaled the beginning of a four-day ceremony and the moment when the first of two atomic bombs exploded onto the world stage.

His call however highlighted Japan's contradictory relationship with nuclear weapons.

The US attack on Hiroshima ultimately killed more than 140,000 people; the bombing of Nagasaki ended another 70,000 lives three days later.

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