Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga accidentally skips part of Hiroshima speech, apologises

WION Web Team
Tokyo, Japan Published: Aug 06, 2021, 11:38 AM(IST)

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga delivers his speech during the 76th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima Photograph:( AFP )

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Suga's error attracted attention because of the solemnity of the event, held each year to remember those who died from the Hiroshima blast

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday accidentally skipped parts of a speech in Hiroshima to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city 76 years ago.

However, Suga said at a news conference held after the ceremony, "I want to take this occasion to apologise for having skipped some parts of my speech at the ceremony."

Media reports said he had skipped over a page, and that the mistake was noticed as public broadcaster NHK stopped displaying subtitles during his speech at the Hiroshima anniversary ceremony.

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The error attracted attention because of the solemnity of the event, held each year to remember those who died from the blast. 

Suga is already under pressure from critics for going ahead with the Olympics amid a surge in COVID-19 infections.

The skipped parts included Japan being the only nation to have suffered an atomic bombing and its mission to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons, according to Kyodo News.

Suga reiterated during the news conference that the government doesn't believe hosting the Tokyo Olympics is contributing to the recent increase in COVID-19 infections.

The government will also discuss with Olympics organisers on the issue of Paralympic spectators after the close of the Olympics, he added.

Tokyo 2020 is being held under strict anti-virus rules, with spectators banned from most competition venues.

The Olympics are scheduled to end on August 8, with the Paralympics slated to start on August 24.

(With inputs from agencies)

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