Stop Japanese militarism revival, nuclear bomb survivors say

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Nagasaki mayor urges careful deliberations on security bills

9 August 2015

The mayor of the Japanese city of Nagasaki has urged the government to engage in ″careful and sincere deliberations″ on a series of security bills currently moving through parliament.

In an address at the 70th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of the city, Mayor Tomihisa Taue said the peaceful path Japan has pursued in the past 70 years should never be changed.

If the new bills are made into law,Japan would be allowed to engage in armed conflicts overseas for the first time in 70 years since the end of World War Two.

Japanese constitutional experts view the security legislation pushed by the Shinzo Abe administration as ″unconstitutional.″

Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the only cities in the world devastated by the atomic bomb.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Japanese call on PM Abe to halt rush to war

Monday 10th August 2015

80,000 dead mourned 70 years after Nagasaki atom bomb

by Our Foreign Desk

NAGASAKI marked the 70th anniversary of the US atomic bombing yesterday, as survivors warned against Japan’s renewed militarisation.

With the solemn tolling of a bell, the city observed a minute’s silence at 11.02am, the minute the US B-29 bomber Bockscar dropped its terrifying and deadly payload on August 9 1945.

The bombing of the defenceless city killed some 40,000 people instantly and the same number from the lingering effects of radiation.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the event along with representatives from 75 countries, including US ambassador Caroline Kennedy.

Mr Abe said Japan, as yet the only country to suffer atomic bombing, would seek to play a leading role in disarmament. But the PM was criticised by survivors — known as hibakusha in Japan — and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue.

Hibakusha representative Sumiteru Taniguchi, now 86, said that legislation recently pushed through parliament by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party “will lead to war.”

The new laws “reinterpret” Japan’s post-war constitution, which limits the armed forces to self-defence only, to allow them to be sent overseas to defend its allies — among them the US.

“We cannot accept this,” said Mr Taniguchi, after describing in graphic detail the horrors of the atom bomb, including the terrible burns to his back.

Mr Taue noted the “widespread unease” about the legislation, which has passed the lower house of parliament and is now before the upper house. “I urge the government of Japan to listen to these voices of unease and concern,” he said.

A message from UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon echoed the calls of Mr Taue and others to abolish nuclear weapons.

“I wholeheartedly join you in sounding a global rallying cry: No more Nagasakis. No more Hiroshimas,” Mr Ban said in a message read by acting UN high representative for disarmament affairs Kim Won Soo.

Speaking in Rome, Pope Francis called the bombings “a tragic event that still arouses horror and revulsion” and “a permanent warning to humanity” to reject war and ban weapons of mass destruction.

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