The following is the gist of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's speech at a ceremony in Hiroshima on Friday to mark the 76th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city.


Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks at an annual ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park near ground zero in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 2021. (Kyodo)

Suga says:

-- Japan to serve as a bridge between countries with varying opinions on how to proceed with nuclear disarmament.

-- Japan to contribute to making the next Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference fruitful by finding common ground between countries.

-- the government to work together with atomic bomb survivors and proponents of nuclear disarmament to convey the reality of radiation exposure from the atomic bombings.

-- the government to continue promoting comprehensive relief measures for atomic bomb survivors.

-- the government to consider ways to help others in a similar situation as people exposed to so-called radioactive black rain.