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In Hiroshima, Pope Francis assails 'crime' of nuclear weapons

Nov 24, 2019 - 7:32 PM

'A true peace can only be an unarmed peace,' says the pontiff

POPE IN HIROSHIMA. Pope Francis speaks by the cenotaph in memory of those killed in the 1945 atomic bombing during an event held at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on November 24, 2019. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Japan urged to sign United Nations nuke ban on Hiroshima anniversary

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Hiroshima's mayor urges Japan to sign a landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons as the city marks 74 years since being targeted in the world's first atomic attack

MEMORIAL. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui (R) offers a new list of A-bomb dead, people who died since previous year's anniversary from the side effects of radiation, during the 74th anniversary of memorial service for atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

The week in photos: August 4-10, 2018

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

NO TO WAR. An Indian student wearing a mask poses with her hands painted with a slogans for peace during a rally to mark Hiroshima Day in Mumbai on August 6, 2018. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Japan remembers atomic attack on Hiroshima 73 years ago

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:39 PM

On a clear day in August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped its deadly payload on the port city of Hiroshima ultimately killing 140,000 people

73 YEARS LATER. People burn incense and offer prayers in the early morning prior to the 73rd anniversary memorial service for the atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Artificial meteor garden streaking over Hiroshima soon

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Tokyo start-up is in the final stages of developing two micro-satellites that will release tiny balls that glow brightly as they enter the atmosphere, simulating a meteor shower

REAL METEOR GARDEN. File photo shows the milky way and meteors of the April Lyrids annual meteor shower are seen in the night sky over Burg auf Fehmarn on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, northern Germany, on April 20, 2018. Photo by  Daniel Reinhardt/dpa/AFP   Shooting stars on demand: Japan start-up plans 2020 meteor shower Japan | science | astronomy | entertainment | offbeat associated with x Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Thursday 7/19/2018 - 16:50 UTC+8 | 480 words  A Japanese start-up developing "shooting stars on demand" says it will be ready to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower in a spectacular show over Hiroshima in early 2020.  ALE, based in Tokyo, is in the final stages of developing two micro-satellites that will release tiny balls that glow brightly as they enter the atmosphere, simulating a meteor shower.  The first satellite will hitch a ride into space on a rocket being launched by Japan's space agency by March 2019.  The second will be launched in mid-2019 on a private-sector rocket.  "We are targeting the whole world, as our stockpile of shooting stars will be in space and can be delivered across the world," ALE chief executive Lena Okajima told reporters on Wednesday.  Each satellite will be able to carry 400 tiny balls whose chemical formula is a closely-guarded secret.  Ejected from the satellite, the balls will glow as they plunge through the atmosphere.  The 400 balls will be enough for 20-30 events, according to the company, and the satellites will be able to stay in space for around two years.  The company is also exploring the possibility of using satellites already in space that are no longer operational to create "giant" shooting stars, officials said.  "We are planning to push a used satellite into the atmosphere on a targeted orbit to create a giant artificial shooting star," ALE chief engineer Ko Kamachi, adding that the idea was still in the basic research phase.  ALE's two satellites will start orbiting the Earth by February 2020, preparing for the world's first delivery of artificial shooting stars in spring 2020, over the western Japan city of Hiroshima.  The satellites can be used separately or in tandem, and will be programmed to eject the balls at the right location, speed and direction to put on a show for viewers on the ground.  Tinkering with the ingredients in the balls should mean that it is possible to change the colours they glow, offering the possibility of a multi-coloured flotilla of shooting stars.  Each star is expected to shine for several seconds before being completely burned up -- well before they fall low enough to pose any danger to anything on Earth.  They would glow brightly enough to be seen even over the light-polluted metropolis of Tokyo.  If all goes well, and the skies are clear, the 2020 event could be visible to millions of people, ALE said.  Okajima said the company chose Hiroshima for its first display because of its good weather, landscape and cultural assets.  ALE is working in collaboration with scientists and engineers at Japanese universities as well as local government officials and corporate sponsors.  It has not disclosed the price for an artificial meteor but it may not come so cheap, with the company spending about $20 million for the development, production, launch and operation of the two satellites.  mis/sah/jta  © Agence France-Presse

Japan marks 72 years since Hiroshima atomic bomb

Aug 06, 2017 - 12:52 PM

The anniversary comes after Japan sided last month with nuclear powers Britain France and the US to dismiss a UN treaty banning atomic weapons

HONORING THE DEAD. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui (R) offers a new list of A-bomb dead, people who died since last year's anniversary from the side effects of radiation, during the 72nd anniversary memorial service for the atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2017. Jiji Press/AFP

Japan's Abe in Hawaii to visit Pearl Harbor with Obama

Dec 27, 2016 - 7:23 AM

Abe will be the first Japanese leader to go to the US Arizona Memorial the wreck where 1 177 US personnel died

In this file photo, the USS Arizona Memorial is seen during a memorial service marking the 74th Anniversary of the attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor December 07, 2015 on the island of Oahu at the Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kent Nishimura/Getty Images/AFP

After Hiroshima, Abe and Obama to pay respects at Pearl Harbor

Dec 25, 2016 - 11:18 AM

UPDATED The two leaders are set to meet on December 27 in Honolulu Hawaii weeks before US President Barack Obama steps down from office

PEARL HARBOR. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to visit Pearl Harbor, where Japan surprise attacked the United States in 1941, which led the US in history's bloodiest war.  File photo by Junko Kimura-Matsumoto/EPA/POOL

Nagasaki marks 71st atomic bombing anniversary

Aug 09, 2016 - 4:08 PM

Local officials and those who survived the bombing called for strict adherence to Japan’s post war tradition of pacifism and were critical of the Japanese government

REMEMBERING. People pray for atomic bombing victims on the anniversary of the bombing, in front of the monument at the Peace Memorial Park in Nagasaki, western Japan, on August 9, 2016. Jiji Press/AFP

Japan marks Hiroshima bombing anniversary

Aug 06, 2016 - 10:42 AM

The annual ceremony comes just months after US President Barack Obama visited the city paying a moving tribute to victims of the first atomic bomb

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui (R) offers the new list of the A-bomb dead from last year's anniversary day during the 71st memorial service for the a-bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2016. Jiji Press/AFP

Obama wraps up historic Asia trip

May 28, 2016 - 11:30 AM

US President Barack Obama s trip provides a coda 8 months before he steps down and almost 5 years after he announced Washington s pivot to Asia

FIRST TIME. US President Barack Obama stands after laying a wreath at Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, May 27, 2016. Obama visited Hiroshima for the first time as US President after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima City. Photo by Ma Ping/EPA

Hugs and tears: Obama meets A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima

May 27, 2016 - 9:41 PM

Two men who suffered horrific injuries in the world s first nuclear strike seven decades ago come face to face with the present day commander in chief of the country that launched the attack And one of them gets a hug

HUG. US President Barack Obama hugs Shigeaki Moria, survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, during a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, 2016. Photo by Jim Watson / AFP

'I still hate the glow of the setting sun': Hiroshima survivors' tales

May 26, 2016 - 11:28 PM

On the occasion of Barack Obama s offering of a floral tribute on Friday at the cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park – the first ever visit by a sitting US president – some of Hiroshima s survivors share their stories

SURVIVORS. This combo shows portraits taken on May 25 and 26, 2016 of survivors of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, (top L to R) Keiko Ogura, Park Nam-Joo, Sunao Tsuboi, and (bottom row L to R) Shigeaki Mori, Misako Katani and Emiko Okada in Hiroshima. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Obama to make historic visit to Hiroshima

May 11, 2016 - 3:45 AM

UPDATED The White House says however that US President Barack Obama will not offer an apology for the 1945 attack

epa05297835 (FILE) A file image dated 06 August 2015 shows doves flying up over the atomic bomb dome during the peace memorial ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. US President Barack Obama will make the first visit to Hiroshima as US president on 27 May 2016, the Japanese Foreign Ministry announced on 10 May 2016. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Kerry to visit Hiroshima nuclear memorial – official

Apr 03, 2016 - 5:16 PM

John Kerry will be the first US secretary of state to have ever visited the iconic park

Nagasaki marks 70th anniversary of atomic bombing

Aug 09, 2015 - 8:49 AM

UPDATED Bells toll and tens of thousands of people observe a minute s silence at 11:02 am local time 0202 GMT the exact moment the blast devastated the port city on August 9 1945

Visitors are watching paper lanterns displayed for the Peace Candle Lights at Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki, southwestern Japan, 08 August 2015, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city on 09 August 2015. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPAMAYAMA

FOTO: Peringatan 70 tahun jatuhnya bom atom di Hiroshima

Aug 06, 2015 - 2:21 PM

Selain para korban dan keluarga Perdana Menteri Shinzo Abe yang didampingi Duta Besar Amerika untuk Jepang Caroline Kennedy juga hadir

PERDAMAIAN. Burung merpati yang dipercaya sebagai lambang perdamaian dilepas sehingga bisa terbang melintasi monumen peringatan jatuhnya bom atom di Hiroshima, Kamis pagi, 6 Agustus 2015. Foto oleh Kimimasa Mayama/EPA  EPA

Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Aug 06, 2015 - 7:14 AM

UPDATED While some historians say that they prevented many more casualties in a planned land invasion critics have said the attacks were not necessary to end the war

FOR PEACE. Doves fly over a cenotaph and the Atomic Bomb Dome during the peace memorial ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Peace Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, in the early morning of August 6, 2015. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Atomic bomb still scars Hiroshima, 7 decades later

Aug 05, 2015 - 1:43 PM

Seven decades since the attack the city of 1 2 million people is once again thriving as a commercial hub but the scars of the bombing – physical and emotional – still remain

RUINS. An undated handout image released by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum of the Hiroshima A-bomb Dome, originally the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, photographed by US military following the atomic bomb drop on Hiroshima, Japan. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum handout/EPA

70 years on, few Americans regret Enola Gay's mission

Aug 05, 2015 - 10:35 AM

Using the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan was hugely popular with war weary Americans at the time – and 70 years on a majority today still think it was the right thing to do

ATOMIC BOMB. A handout photograph made available by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum of the Hiroshima A-bomb blast photographed by the US military on August 6, 1945. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum handout/EPA

Atomic-bombed Hiroshima to host G7 foreign minister talks

Jun 26, 2015 - 2:54 PM

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida: We believe it is a host city befitting as a location to pronounce our hope for world peace prosperity and hope for the future

HIROSHIMA. A photo released December 2, 2014 shows the 16.8 meter high shrine gate at Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, on Miyajima island, in Hatsukaichi city, Hiroshima prefecture, Japan. Photo by Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

Japan landslides death toll hits 70 one week on

Aug 27, 2014 - 10:57 AM

Few hopes remain for those unaccounted for although the fluctuating number has left confusion as to the disaster s likely final cost in human lives

Residents look over a landslide site as they are on the way to a makeshift evacuation center after an evacuation direction in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, 22 August 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Death toll from Hiroshima landslides reaches 50

Aug 23, 2014 - 1:39 PM

3rd UPDATE Heavy rains triggered landslides early Wednesday that swallowed dozens of homes in Hiroshima

SEARCH AND RESCUE. Police officers search for missing people after a landslide hit a residential area in Hiroshima, western Japan on August 20, 2014. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan death toll feared to double as landslide fears halt rescue

Aug 22, 2014 - 2:40 PM

UPDATED Rain was complicating rescue and search efforts as the hillsides are made of decomposed granite

SEARCH AND RESCUE. Police officers search for missing people after a landslide hit a residential area in Hiroshima, western Japan on August 20, 2014. Jiji Press/AFP

Rescuers comb through devastation of Japan landslide

Aug 21, 2014 - 12:52 PM

Dozens of houses were buried when hillsides collapsed after torrential downpours in Hiroshima that saw more than a month s rainfall in just three hours

SEARCH AND RESCUE. Police officers search for missing people after a landslide hit a residential area in Hiroshima, western Japan on August 20, 2014. Jiji Press/AFP

At least 27 dead as Japan landslide buries homes

Aug 20, 2014 - 9:07 AM

UPDATED Dozens of houses were buried when a wall of mud thundered down a hillside in Hiroshima overnight as rescuers scoured the scene for any signs of life

This aerial view shows the damage caused by a landslide after heavy rains hit the city of Hiroshima, western Japan, on August 20, 2014. Jiji Press/AFP

Hiroshima marks 69th anniversary of atomic bombing

Aug 06, 2014 - 8:54 AM

UPDATED Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui urges people to listen to the voice of survivors in a speech at a ceremony also attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy

69 YEARS LATER. The Atomic Bomb Dome is reflected on the River Motoyasu during a peace memorial eve event at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, 05 August 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japanese fans say local-hero Godzilla too fat

May 03, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Japanese fans say their hero was looking a little chubby

KING OF MONSTERS. The iconic monster is back on the big screen. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros Picture

Surviving Hiroshima

Apr 19, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Perhaps in a bid to make their suffering mean something Hiroshima is now leading the fight for peace for nuclear disarmament and non proliferation

Anti-nuclear states demand N. Korea halts weapons program

Apr 12, 2014 - 10:28 PM

The Non Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative calls on leaders from countries equipped with nuclear arms to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Hiroshima marks 68th anniversary of US atomic bombing

Aug 06, 2013 - 8:26 AM

UPDATED Aging survivors relatives government officials and foreign delegates observed a moment of silence at 8:15 am 7:15 am Manila time the time of the detonation which turned the city into a nuclear inferno

FOR PEACE. Doves are released into the air beside the Atomic Bomb Dome (C-background) at the Peace Memoral Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2013 as ceremonies are held to mark the 68th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the Japanese city. Photo by AFP / Toru Yamanaka

Japan A-bomb survivors warn against nuclear power

Aug 07, 2012 - 8:18 PM

Nearly seven decades later the dwindling number of survivors of the Hiroshima atomic attack are raising their voices against nuclear power

MEMORIAL.People gather to pray at the memorial cenotaph for victims of a 1945 atomic bombing at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 5, 2012. Tens of thousands of people attend services on August 6 every year to remember the more than 200,000 people estimated to have died in the bombings, either instantly or later from burns and radiation sickness. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI

Hiroshima marks anniversary of atomic bombing

Aug 06, 2012 - 10:50 AM

Japan marks the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Monday August 6 as a rising tide of anti nuclear sentiment swells post Fukushima

MEMORIAL.People gather to pray at the memorial cenotaph for victims of a 1945 atomic bombing at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 5, 2012. Tens of thousands of people attend services on August 6 every year to remember the more than 200,000 people estimated to have died in the bombings, either instantly or later from burns and radiation sickness. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI