During the ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of the Hiroshima anniversary Japan’s Prime Minister made an effort to call for world peace. According to Shinzo Abe Japan will be doing all it can to work towards eternal world peace.
As you may know, Japan has undergone two atomic bombs both dropped by the US. The first on Hiroshima and the second just a few days later in Nagasaki; the atomic bomb on Hiroshima detonated around 600 meters above the city and killed over 140,000. While it did effectively end the Second World War it was a huge price that Japan is never willing to pay again.
Sadly, the commemoration was overshadowed by the threat that has been posed by North Korea. Last month, the North Korean military tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles with major US cities like Chicago within the range of attack. According to the Japan Times, around 50,000 people attended the ceremony and that included representatives from 80 nations.
If any kind of nuclear bomb was dropped today it would cause much more damage than that of the Hiroshima bomb combined with the one dropped on Nagasaki. So far, Japan has been the only country to endure a nuclear attack, but it changed the country forever. Kazumi Matsui during the ceremony mentioned above asked the central government during this time to help in making a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
During his speech, Matsui demanded that the government give more assistance and compassion to the elder hibakusha as well as the many others also suffering mentally and physically from the effects of radiation. The Japan Times reports that city officials claim the ‘many others’ reference was referring to people who were affected by the March 2011 triple core meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
During the ceremony another Japanese male, Hiroshima native Masaharu Masuda offered a prayer for his parents who experienced the bombing, as he does every year. Masuda says he is disappointed by the Japanese government’s response to the nuclear ban treaty and worries that the world is losing interest in Hiroshima’s message. With that being said, Shinzo Abe defends that decision by saying that a more realistic approach is needed in order to reach a goal of living in a world without nuclear weapons.
The devastating events that occurred at Hiroshima and Nagasaki should never be forgotten and the message that comes with remembering should be shared world wide. This is something that can happen anywhere at anytime. We are not toys and our world leaders should not be playing God.
How do you feel about all of this and where do you stand on the controversy surrounding nuclear weapons? I for one see no place for them in this world, wouldn’t it be great to wake up each day without the possibility of a nuclear bomb massacring all your friends and family? It is heart breaking that the people of each country must suffer because their governments cannot get along properly.