Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologized Friday for accidentally skipping parts of a speech in Hiroshima marking the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city.
According to media reports, he had skipped a page and the error was spotted when public broadcaster NHK stopped showing subtitles during his speech at the anniversary ceremony.
The flaw attracted attention due to the solemnity of the event, which is held every year in memory of those who died from the blast. Suga is already under pressure from critics to go ahead with the Olympics amid a spate of COVID-19 infections.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for skipping some parts of my speech during the ceremony,” Suga said at a press conference held after the ceremony.
The parts skipped include Japan, the only country to have undergone an atomic bomb, and its mission to achieve a world without nuclear weapons, according to Kyodo News.
Suga reiterated at the press conference that the government does not believe hosting the Tokyo Olympics is contributing to the recent surge in COVID-19 infections.
The government will also talk to Olympic organizers about the issue of Paralympic spectators after the Olympics, he added.
The Olympics end on August 8 and the Paralympic Games begin on August 24.
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