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Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has renewed his pledge to work towards a nuclear-free Japan as Hiroshima marked the 66th anniversary of the US atomic bombing.
A city official said that about 50,000 people participated in the ceremony commemorating the detonation of the world's first atomic bomb in August 1945.
Public support The atomic bomb, which destroyed most of the buildings within 2km of the hypocentre, released a mix of shock waves, heat rays and radiation. The death toll by the end of 1945 was estimated at about 140,000 out of the 400,000 people who were in the city at the time. More than 70,000 people perished as a result of another US atomic attack on the port of Nagasaki three days later.