Japan’s Hiroshima marked the 75th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing by sounding the Peace Bell. Though thousands usually pack the Peace Park in central Hiroshima to pray and lay paper cranes as a symbol of peace.
Participants stood for a moment of silence at 8:15 am, the exact time that the atomic bomb, exploded on August 6, 1945, obliterating Hiroshima and killing 140,000 of an estimated population of 350,000.
Thousands more died later of injuries and radiation-related illnesses.
“Japan’s position is to serve as a bridge between different sides and patiently promote their dialogue and actions to achieve a world without nuclear weapons,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.