Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Japanese students use VR to recreate Hiroshima bombing

Japanese students use VR to recreate Hiroshima bombing

Japan on Monday marked the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, with its mayor telling thousands of observers that there should be a world without nuclear weapons.

"Certain countries are blatantly proclaiming self-centred nationalism and modernising their nuclear arsenals, rekindling tensions that had eased with the end of the Cold War", Matsui said, without identifying the nations. The bombings, the first atomic attacks on humans, closed World War II and opened the nuclear age.

Japanese high school pupils have produced a five-minute virtual reality experience that recreates the sights and sounds of Hiroshima immediately before, during and after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city 73 years ago.

In a speech during the ceremony, Abe said, "I'm determined to bridge nuclear and nonnuclear weapon states and lead worldwide efforts". Matsui urged leaders to steadily work toward achieving a world without atomic weapons, and called on Abe to help the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons take effect.

The anniversary comes as optimism has grown that North Korea may voluntarily denuclearize after Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and his United States counterpart, President Donald Trump, made statements implying as much after they met in Singapore in June.

Yuhi Nakagawa, 18, said, "When I was creating the buildings before the atomic bomb fell and after, I saw many photos of buildings that were gone".

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Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss efforts to prevent future use of nuclear weapons are Director of the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College, Dr. Tanya Maus; and Wilmington College Adjunct Professor of Public History and Cincinnati Art Museum Digital Specialist Rachel Ellison. In order to gain cooperation from both sides, it is important for everyone to understand "the reality of the tragedy of nuclear attacks, " he said, and reiterated Japan's pledge to maintain it pacifist and non-nuclear principles.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in his message during the ceremony that Hiroshima's legacy is one of "resilience" and sought continued moral support from the hibakusha survivors for efforts in promoting the ban of nuclear weapons.

As of March, the number of hibakusha stood at 154,859.

Atomic bomb survivors and many visitors prayed for peace at the Peace Memorial Park near Ground Zero under the scorching summer heat.

Makita said for a long time the experience of the bombing was "so painful" to recall, but from around the 70th anniversary of the attack she has started to feel the need to share her experience with her grandchildren.

Another Hiroshima resident Yoshinobu Ota, 71, was born after the bombing. "As long as there are countries possessing nuclear weapons, they can be used any time".

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