Japan remembered the the victims of the Nagasaki atomic bomb at the end of the Second World War on Tuesday.
The prime minister laid a wreath and a bell tolled at 11.02, the exact time the bomb was dropped 66 years ago.
Referring to the recent disaster at Fukushima after this year’s earthquake, Naoto Kan took the opportunity to draw attention to the dangers of nuclear power.
“We must reduce our reliance on nuclear power and aim to create a society that does not rely on nuclear power,” he said.
The bomb was dropped on 9 August 1945, three days after Hiroshima. It caused previously unimaginable destruction, flattening buildings instantly and resulting in around 140,000 deaths between the initial blast and subsequent radiation sickness.