• Kyodo


A flame preserved from the aftermath of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima arrived Tuesday at Trinity Site in New Mexico, where the United States conducted the world’s first nuclear test 60 years ago.

Antinuclear activists from Japan and the U.S. carried the Hiroshima Peace Flame on foot from San Francisco, which they left on July 16, in an appeal for peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons.

“We traveled a long way, but this is only the first step toward achieving a peaceful world,” said a 75-year-old monk who came from Nagasaki Prefecture.

“The journey was hard in high temperatures, but what made me happy the most was that American people walked together with us.”

The flame was taken from the burning remains of Hiroshima right after the atomic bombing of the city and has been preserved in the village of Hoshino, Fukuoka Prefecture, as a peace symbol.

On Aug. 6, 1945, a U.S. bomber dropped an atomic bomb in Hiroshima, ultimately killing around 140,000 people by the end of that year.

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