History and Historiography
On atomic bomb anniversary, Hiroshima mayor is warning against ‘self-centered’ nationalism
On this day 75 years ago, the US became the only nation in history to use nuclear weapons.
By Simon Denyer
HIROSHIMA, Japan —On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of his city, the mayor of Hiroshima planned to warn the world about the rise of “self-centered nationalism” and appeal for greater international cooperation to overcome the coronavirus pandemic. Thursday morning in Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park — near the center of the Aug. 6, 1945, blast that destroyed the city — Kazumi Matsui was set to renew a “Peace Declaration” on behalf of the city and appeal to Japan’s government to ratify a 2017 U.N. treaty proposing the elimination of nuclear weapons, he told a news conference