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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Britons commemorate Hiroshima nuclear bomb

This video about Hiroshima, Japan says about itself:

Testimony of hibakusha by Mr. Takashi Nakata (in English)

29 July 2011

Mr. Takashi Nakata gives testimony on his experience of atomic bombing.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 7 August 2015, about commemorating the Hiroshima nuclear bomb, seventy years ago:

Tom Gooding

I’ve been coming to these demonstrations for years, so I don’t see any reason for stopping by the fact I can’t walk anymore. I follow all these demonstrations instead of political meetings, I’m a free-thinker.

Brenda McGraith

I’m here because it’s the 70th anniversary. We remembered the start of World War I last year and Victory Day in May, this is another very important anniversary that we need to remember.

Thais Court

I just think it’s really important to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It’s really important to come and show your opposition to nuclear weapons and to remember everyone who died and everything that has happened. Yes, it makes it more special that I come with my grandmother.

Monique Buchli

I feel very strongly about weapons in general. I feel they are not needed. If we work for peace and commit ourselves to create a world without war, without weapons, we would actually achieve much more. Nuclear weapons are just top of the list of the most awful weapons we ever invented and we should never use it. That’s why I am here, to tell the world, come on, stop having these horrible weapons.

Hiroshima atomic bomb commemorated today

This video says about itself:

Shigeko SASAMORI / Hibakusha Interview

May 11th (Fri) 2012, in Brooklyn, New York

Shigeko SASAMORI, a teenager in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb struck on August 6, 1945, was one of the 25 Hiroshima Maidens who were brought to New York City in 1955 for reconstructive surgery by Norman Cousins and Rev. Hiroshi Tanimoto. She has been a disarmament activist ever since.

Hibakusha Stories and Youth Arts New York will be sponsoring school visits in May of 2011.

Each school will be visited by one or more Hibakusha— survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in the summer of 1945. Visits will provide students with a rare opportunity to hear eyewitness testimonies of one of the most significant events in human history and will introduce the students to the concepts of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation. The two-period visit will include a brief introduction to nuclear issues, first-hand accounts from the survivors themselves, small group discussions, and a final sharing from each group.

By Joana Ramiro and James Tweedie in Britain:


Thursday 6th august 2015

Exactly 70 years ago the world’s first atomic bomb obliterated Hiroshima

HUNDREDS of thousands of people all over the world united today to tell world leaders: “Don’t forget Hiroshima,” 70 years after the atomic bomb annihilated the Japanese city.

And today — exactly 70 years on from the Hiroshima bombing and almost to the day of the equally devastating Nagasaki bombing — medics at Japanese Red Cross Society hospitals are treating thousands of survivors — known as Hibakusha — for long-term health effects.

Nearly two-thirds of deaths at the institutions are due to cancer.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) president Peter Maurer said: “What more compelling argument could there be for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, especially as most of the bombs in the arsenals of nuclear-armed states today are more powerful and destructive?”

In the year last year alone, the Japanese Red Cross Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivors hospitals treated almost 11,000 of the nearly 200,000 living survivors.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies president Tadateru Konoe will appeal for world leaders to sit at peace memorial ceremonies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki this week.

“This commemoration is a reminder of the indiscriminate humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons,” he said.

“It is a reminder that these consequences travel across space and time and that, once unleashed, they can never be contained.”

Meanwhile events in London and Edinburgh today will also mark the countdown towards the potential renewal of Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons in March 2016. Heading the ceremony in the capital will be Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn, a long-standing anti-nuclear advocate, who called on the government to lead the disarmament.

“The 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima should serve as a reminder to us all of the human cost of war,” Mr Corbyn told the Star.

“It should also remind us of the lack of progress in achieving nuclear disarmament, despite global agreement on the need to do so. “We must break the impasse in global negotiations and push forward to an agreement that sees these weapons banned, as we have with chemical, biological and other weapons of mass destruction.”

Mr Corbyn will stand alongside the Green Party’s Jenny Jones AM, writer AL Kennedy, Battersea Peace Pagoda Reverend Gyoro Nagase and others during the two-minute silence honouring the hundreds of thousands killed in the bombings.

The event will be hosted by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, whose general secretary Kate Hudson said she was mourning both the 1945 victims and those “whose lives have been blighted by their effects.”

She added: “On this poignant anniversary we must reaffirm our determination that this should never happen again.

“The British government can play its part by scrapping Trident and kick-starting global abolition.

Senior military figures say that Trident is militarily useless and the British public thinks it’s immoral and exorbitantly expensive.

“Today of all days we should remember what the effects of a nuclear bomb are and realise the only way to stop another detonation — by accident or design — is by getting rid of all of them.”

Participants will be laying white flowers by the Hiroshima Commemorative Cherry Tree planted on the square in 1967.

In Scotland, members of Trident Ploughshares will be kicking off a fasting period of three days in an event launched by MSPs Fiona Hyslop and Bill Kidd.

The fast will last from today, when Hiroshima was hit by the first atomic bomb, until August 9, the date of the Nagasaki attack.

Abe is determined to overrule his country’s constitution and restore its historic rule over the region, writes KENNY COYLE. JAPANESE premier Shinzo Abe seems intent on marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII with empty gestures of regret, while at the same time stoking Japan’s future military ambitions: here.

Stop British Trident nuclear weapons, fasting campaign

This 4 April 2015 video, recorded at George Square in Glasgow, Scotland, says about itself:

Bairns Not Bombs Scrap Trident. First Minister Of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Campaigners to join fast against Trident

Friday 31st July 2015

ANTI-NUCLEAR campaigners announced yesterday that they will join an international “fast against nuclear weapons” next week.

The four-day protest, in which participants will only consume water, will start next Thursday in London and Edinburgh, as well as in France, Germany and the US, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.

Fasters in Britain will demand the abolition of Trident, with the London fast, organised by Trident Ploughshares, taking place outside the Ministry of Defence. There will also be peaceful protests and die-ins outside Parliament and Downing Street.

Trident Ploughshares activist Angie Zelter said: “I am fasting for real security for all. Nuclear weapons must be banned and the world community must work together to tackle climate change.

“Major political and economic changes must be made if our world is to support life in the future.

“Our presence outside the Ministry of Defence on this 70th anniversary of the nuclear war crimes committed by the US in Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a demand for change. Trident must not be renewed.”