HIROSHIMA AT 65; REMEMBRANCE.
THE 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima was marked yesterday by an annual peace ceremony - with the United States represented for the first time.
A bell tolled at 8.15am local time, the moment when the US warplane Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb, killing 140,000 people. When a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan surrendered.
US ambassador John Roos said in a statement: "We must work to realise a world without nuclear weapons."
But Japan's prime minister Naoto Kan said after the ceremony that his country needed to stay under the US's "nuclear umbrella".