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HIROSHIMA — Beneath cloudy skies August 6, Hiroshima marked the 52nd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb with condemnations of a recent U.S. subcritical nuclear test and calls for a global ban on nuclear weapons, as the number of officially recognized victims has now surpassed 200,000.

Before an estimated crowd of 45,000, Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, Hiroshima Mayor Takashi Hiraoka and other national and international dignitaries, along with relatives of the deceased, laid wreaths in front of the cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The ceremony both honors those who perished in the blast and offers prayers for world peace.

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