On Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologised for accidentally skipping parts of a speech in Hiroshima commemorating the city’s atomic bombing 76 years ago.
According to media reports, he skipped a page, and the error was discovered when public broadcaster NHK stopped showing subtitles during his speech at the anniversary ceremony.
The error drew attention because of the solemnity of the event, which is held each year to remember those killed in the blast. Suga is already under fire from critics for proceeding with the Olympics despite an increase in COVID-19 infections.
“I want to take this occasion to apologise for having skipped some parts of my speech at the ceremony,” Suga said at a news conference held after the ceremony.
The skipped parts included Japan being the only nation to have suffered an atomic bombing and its mission to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons, according to Kyodo News.
Suga reiterated during the news conference that the government doesn’t believe hosting the Tokyo Olympics is contributing to the recent increase in COVID-19 infections.
The government will also discuss with Olympics organisers on the issue of Paralympic spectators after the close of the Olympics, he added.
The Olympics are scheduled to end on Aug. 8, with the Paralympics slated to start on Aug. 24.