Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologised on Friday (August 6) for accidentally skipping over parts of a speech in Hiroshima to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city 76 years ago.
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 anniversary ceremony. The error attracted attention because of the solemnity of the event, held each year to remember those who died from the blast.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for skipping over some parts of my address at the ceremony earlier,” Suga said at a press briefing held after the ceremony.
The peace memorial, attended by Suga, atomic bomb survivors and bereaved families, was scaled down this year due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.