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Hiroshima and Nagasaki peace memorial ceremonies with a clear message for a world without nuclear weapons

The commemorations of the victims of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been held for the 77th consecutive year. Participants paid tribute to those who lost their lives as a result of the atomic bombing and supported the two cities' message for a world without nuclear weapons and a lasting peace.

On behalf of the Republic of Slovenia, Ms. Tina Vodnik, Chargé d'Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo, participated at both ceremonies.

This year's ceremonies had a special significance due to the heightened situation caused by the war in Ukraine and the threat of the use of nuclear weapons. The Mayor of Hiroshima called on the world not to repeat the mistakes that destroyed his city 77 years ago, while the Mayor of Nagasaki called for a commitment to make Nagasaki the last city to suffer an atomic bomb attack.

On the sidelines, the diplomatic corps met with Hiroshima elementary school students, who delivered a message of peace to each country, and with Ms Teruko Yahata, a survivor of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima.