Seven decades ago today, the city of Nagasaki became the second Japanese city to become virtually obliterated by an atomic bomb. Hiroshima had suffered the same grim fate three days earlier.
Today, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has commemorated the events in Nagasaki by committing to keep his country free from nuclear weapons.
During a ceremony held at Nagasaki Peace Park, sited near where the bomb detonated in 1945, Mr. Abe said “As the only nation in the world to have suffered a war-time nuclear attack, I have renewed my resolve to play a leading role in pursuing a world without nuclear weapons and maintain the three non-nuclear principles.”
The “three non-nuclear principles” are Japan’s long-standing policy of not possessing or producing nuclear arms and not allowing others bring them into the country.