Japan marks 75 years since US nuclear bombing of Hiroshima

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Japan is marking 75 years since the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, with ceremonies downsized due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Every year, tens of thousands of people would take part in a solemn and emotional ceremony at the Peace Park in central Hiroshima to honor the victims of the world’s first ever atomic attack and call for world peace.

But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the city decided to hold the ceremony this year with less than one-tenth of the usual attendance.

Other events, including a gathering to float lanterns along the Motoyasu River, were canceled due to a surge in coronavirus infections in parts of the country.

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