75 Years After the War. A World That Existed Before We Were Born, and A Problem That Still Remains.
Even if you’ve never experienced war, if you imagine the misery, you can understand.
In 1945 (75 years ago), The US military dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
At the time, out of a population of 240 thousand people, 150 thousand people died. Three days before, an atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima, killing 200 thousand civilians. A total of 350 thousand people died.
The number is cruel. Even if I look at the number, I can’t fully comprehend. However, when thinking about my own parents, siblings, friends dying in an instant, I can fathom the fear. It was a great war that actually happened.
Historically, both nuclear bombs which were used in actual battles were dropped in Japan. Japan which experienced losing in war, swore permanent peace. After the war Japan had not been slaughtered in war in Japan nor abroad. It is necessary to turn a tragic war experience into posterity, and vow to not go to war again.
Much less, Japan experienced again the fear of nuclear power plants with the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011) where, in certain areas Tokyo, the measured radiation dose was said to be 10 times more than that of Chernobyl. Despite this, the government is selling nuclear power plants overseas without taking any measure. How crass!
I believe the only way to correct the situation is by voting.
Since I have the right to vote, I participate in all elections. If some who doesn’t vote reads this and decides to vote, that would make me happy. For the people who say that you can’t tell who to vote for by the poster, use the internet you’re all so good at using to look up candidates. Most things can be understood. You can’t just easily think that the peace from yesterday will continue on tomorrow. If politics run wild, the same thing that happened 75 years ago could very well happen again, today.
Try and imagine. One day, out of the blue, a bomb falls from the sky and many people who were there a second ago on the street, all died.
I sincerely pray for the peace of the souls of the lives lost that day.
↓Below is the prime minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern’s Twitter post where she give a video message with Japanese subtitles.
“Kia ora koutou katoa. As the world continues to face the challenge of responding to COVID-19, the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki remind us of the devastating impacts of world events.
In August 1945, the world saw for the first time what nuclear weapons could do.
The consequences were catastrophic, involving unimaginable suffering for those who manage to survive the initial impact and radiation exposure.
Since then we have also seen the disastrous impact of nuclear testing, including in the Pacific.
Each of the more than 13,000 nuclear weapons in existence today possesses an even greater destructive force than that seen in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The use of just one bomb would be devastating and nobody believes a nuclear conflict would end there.
Millions would certainly die, and the damage to our environment would be irrevocable. Experts have warned that no state, group of states or international organization is able to prepare for or deal with the effects of nuclear war.
So if we cannot prepare, we must prevent.
As UN Secretary-General Guterres has said, the international community must reinvigorate its work on nuclear disarmament to quote “save humanity”.
It is not a job that we can leave to others or to future generations.
He waka eke noa– we are all in this together.
This is why New Zealand- with a majority of the United Nations membership – recently adopted the treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. I urge all others to join with us in ratifying this landmark Treaty as a necessary step towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons, and in pursuit of global negotiations involving all nuclear weapons possessors to achieve nuclear zero.
Only that can be a worthy legacy for those who have suffered the use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and their testing in the Pacific and beyond. “
Japanese translation: Rio Hamada Huffington Post Japan News Data
75 years ago the world saw the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. It must not happen again. Only nuclear zero is worthy of the victims of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. PM Ardern urges all States to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons #nuclearban pic.twitter.com/m4rNo9ygzm
— New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (@MFATNZ) August 6, 2020