Tens of thousands gathered for peace ceremonies in Hiroshima on Tuesday to mark the 68th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city, as anti-nuclear sentiment runs high in Japan.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lays a flower wreath on an altar for A-bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, on August 6, 2013, as ceremonies are held to mark the 68th anniversary of the bombing. Tens of thousands, including ageing survivors, relatives, government officials and foreign delegates observed a moment of silence at 8:15 am local time.
The annual commemoration came as radioactive water leaks from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have rekindled fears about its precarious state, and underscored broader worries over atomic power following Japan's 2011 nuclear crisis.
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