The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki mark the 70th anniversary of their atomic bombings today and three days later, respectively. On these days, people in Japan remember the suffering and agony of the victims of the only two nuclear attacks in history and pray for their souls and for peace. The anniversaries should also remind leaders and citizens of Japan and other nations of the need to renew their determination to make serious efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons as well as to make peace prevail around the world.

It is important for leaders and citizens alike to remember that endeavors to abolish nuclear weapons cannot be separated from efforts to prevent war. For the seven decades after its defeat in World War II, Japan has tread a pacifist path under the war-renouncing Constitution.

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