Mayor of Hiroshima quotes Tolstoy at ceremony to commemorate bombing victims


    The mayor of the Japanese city of Hiroshima Kazumi Matsui quoted the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. He mentioned the words of the classic of literature, reading out the declaration of peace in memory of the victims of the atomic bombing.

    “Humanity is still threatened by the revival of the picture of hell that arose in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. It is necessary that all buttons for launching nuclear missiles become unnecessary. In this regard, we should once again reflect on the words of the writer Leo Tolstoy: “You cannot build happiness on someone else’s misfortune, but it is in the happiness of others that your happiness is hidden, said Matsui during the broadcast, which led NHK channel.

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    Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, in turn, recalled that the next G7 summit will be held in Hiroshima on May 19-21, 2023. He said that it is necessary to prevent a repetition of the tragedy, which means reaffirming the readiness to unite for the sake of protecting peace, upholding the principles of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

    According to various estimates, between 70,000 and 100,000 people died in the explosion of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. By the end of 1945, the number of victims had risen to 140,000 due to those who died in hospitals. Every year, the sad list is replenished when one of the inhabitants dies from radiation sickness.


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