• Kyodo


The Hiroshima Municipal Government on Thursday unveiled 35 projects for the upcoming fiscal year to commemorate the 70th anniversary in 2015 of the city’s atomic bombing.

The ¥107.01 million worth of projects getting under way in fiscal 2014, which starts April 1, will include renovation of facilities in Peace Memorial Park as well as compilation of the next edition of the city’s atomic-bomb history.

Completion of the overall effort for the anniversary will be covered in the fiscal 2015 budget.

Given the advanced age of bomb survivors, known as hibakusha, and their direct relatives, the municipal government has decided to set up a tent to provide some relief from the summer heat and humidity to those who attend the annual Peace Memorial Ceremony.

The ceremony, which is held to console the victims of the bombing, is held in Peace Memorial Park every Aug. 6, the anniversary of the attack.

The city plans to renovate the building now known as the Rest House, located about 170 meters northeast of ground zero, after conducting seismic-resistance evaluations.

Situated in the park, it survived the bombing and now acts as a tourist information center and houses souvenir shops. Its interior will also be remodeled to provide more space for travelers to relax. The renovation won’t be completed until fiscal 2018.

The municipal government will also update the city’s official history for the first time since it was published on the 50th anniversary of the bombing.

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