Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (L) pays his respects during a ceremony to mark the 76th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2021. - Japan OUT (Photo by STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT (Photo by STR/JIJI PRESS/AFP via Getty Images)

77th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

On the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the Japanese prime minister called on the world to abandon nuclear weapons. On Saturday, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida among thousands of attendees observed the deaths of 140,000 citizens who lost their lives in 1945. Kishida also announced Hiroshima will be hosting next year’s G7 summit where officials hope to rally world leaders behind a pledge of denuclearization.

FILE - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacts during a press conference at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo on Aug. 28, 2020. Japan's Cabinet on Friday, July 22, 2022 formally decided to hold a state funeral on Sept. 27 for the assassinated former Prime Minister Abe, amid national debate over the plan which some criticize an attempt to glorify a divisive political figure. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Japanese authorities search for motive in Abe murder

The assassin of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is undergoing mental health evaluations as authorities try to find a motive to the killing. Abe, 67, was pronounced dead by doctors at the Nara Medical University Hospital, at 5:03 p.m local time on Friday, just over five hours after being shot while delivering a campaign speech in front of a small crowd on a street.