HIROSHIMA -- On the 57th anniversary of the first atomic bombing, the view from this reborn city was of a world that since Sept. 11 has turned its back on the message of the bomb's survivors.

During the anniversary ceremony on Tuesday, Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba strongly criticized what he described as the unilateral approach of the United States administration of George W. Bush in dealing with global problems.

"The United States government has no right to force Pax Americana on the rest of us, or unilaterally determine the fate of the world," Akiba said in the city's annual peace declaration at Peace Memorial Park in Naka Ward.