The mayor of Nagasaki has raised concern over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push toward Japan's more assertive defense policy as the city marked the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing.
Speaking at Saturday's ceremony at the Peace Park, Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged Abe's government to listen to growing public concerns over Japan's commitment to its pacifist pledge.
The U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945, prompting Tokyo's World War II surrender. The first on Hiroshima killed 140,000 people and the Nagasaki bomb killed another 70,000.
The anniversary comes as Japan is divided over the government's decision to allow its military to defend foreign countries and play greater roles overseas. To achieve the goal, Abe's Cabinet revised its interpretation of Japan's war-renouncing constitution.