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Nagasaki mayor questions Japan's assertive defense policy on 69th anniversary of A-bombing

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    People listen to chorus during a ceremony in front of the Statue of Peace at Nagasaki Peace Park to mark the 69th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack, in Nagasaki, southern Japan Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT (The Associated Press)

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    U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy offers flowers to the atomic bomb victims during a ceremony at Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 to mark the 69th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT (The Associated Press)

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    A woman offer a prayer in front of the Statue of Peace at Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 to mark the 69th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT (The Associated Press)

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    Prayers attend a mass at a church in Nagasaki to mark the 69th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack over the southwestern city, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT (The Associated Press)

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.