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Japan A-bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power, decry Abe's view of war

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"But Mr. Abe is not delving deeply.”

he knows what's he's doing..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iE-0tRGjy8

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Abe has to go.

The way to solve problems is not by beefing up the military.

Didn't the suffering of the hundreds of thousands who lost their lives in Hiroshima and Nagasaki teach us ANYTHING?

Japan needs someone who will lead this country toward peace, not war.

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Heart-breaking to hear these guys recollect on these truly horrific memories

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Heart-breaking, but interesting that so many of these hibakusha came out of their experience with a view of violence that transcends national identity. You might think that these people more than anyone else would come out of the war with a hatred of the US or a belief that the war was bad because it made Japan a victim of the US, but inevitably they seem to have a nuanced view of history that can condemn the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki while at the same time recognizing that Imperial Japan's aggression was morally abhorrent.

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"recognizing that Imperial Japan's aggression was morally abhorrent."

"Abe has to go."

More like the deceptacon and his aggregationism has to go..

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Good read. Incidentally there is another good read on the Revisionists on the BBC site today:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33754932

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@Tamarama

Good read. Incidentally there is another good read on the Revisionists on the BBC site today:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33754932

Just read that one myself. It saddens me to think that these people not only deny their country's past but then pass this ignorance on to the next generation. It not only prolongs the aggravation between Japan and other nations but it could possibly allow for aggression at some point in the future. Abe and his revisionist friends are just morons...

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For Hoshino, who had been out of the city...

I don't doubt he saw some horrible things after the fact, but I'd be curious to know how somebody qualifies as a nuclear bombing "survivor". If he and others weren't there when the bomb dropped, how can they be called survivors?

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how can they be called survivors?

Because they avoided getting killed by both the immediate explosion - and the radiation afterwards. I thought that would be obvious

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Three questions: 1) is it possible to power japan solely on offshore and even onshore wind farms along with solar generators?

2) can generators be mounted on each residence and workplace rather than relying on central hub of power?

3) if nuclear power is to be used, can we not set them up in abandoned deep underground mines where the uranium naturally resides? If it does go off then, would it be too deep to affect residents or crops?

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This guy is very wrong. Would we ban cars just because someone was killed by them? More poeple die from cars or are affected by pollution than the entire fukushima crisis

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Like many hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors), Yamada, Hoshino and Kohata are harsh critics of Abe,

That's simply because historically, Japan's postwar (Tokyo) have always considered the hibakusha a national embarrassment.

His cousin joined anyway and in February 1945 came to say farewell. “‘We have no gasoline. We have no planes. All I can do is die’. You stay alive and work for Japan’,” Yamada quoted his cousin as saying.

Ohh, that samurai "die hard, never quit" mentality.

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All I know is that I loathe all things nuclear, power included. And, that Japan needs a very strong self defense. This world will never know lasting peace, never has, and sadly, never will. Im for peace, but do not tread on me or there will be a fight.

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LoL. It's been said throughout several past threads on "the nuclear" topic- Japan Inc was built on nuclear power.

Right now, my AC is blasting. I really dnt mind paying the extra buck for TEPCO or whoever is in charge. Btw, the beers in fridge are very cold too.

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@BertyWooster"Japan needs someone who will lead this country toward peace".

Japan needs someone who will cut 'master-slave' relations with the USA, regain sovereignty of Japan on 100%, fully restore national Army and Navy.And this is not 'moving to war' rather moving to sovereignty and independence.

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BertieWoosterAug. 04, 2015 - 05:22PM JST Abe has to go. The way to solve problems is not by beefing up the military.

The CCP has to go. Nobody on this planet is beefing up it's military as much as China. AND it's on a territorial expansion program.

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@ossan And the US military in asia MUST GO and NEVER RETURN , kicking up turbulence or the so called return to asia is obama team policy with Americas shrinking and sinking global power that is so resentful and unfeasible. There is bothing holy but a mania of fear China and cowardice! The people in Okinawa were so frustrated with with the occupations and crimes that troubles them inflicted by your unwelcome military personnels. The Abe administration twisted view of history and japan's stragetic views to China was greatly appreciated by your obama who has nothing constructive achievement to the world since his first day in office.

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Japan needs someone who will cut 'master-slave' relations with the USA, regain sovereignty of Japan on 100%,

@Yamashi. Totally agree with you here. Only if more Japanese would support that concept.

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@Yamashi Great, but does that also include rewriting our history books? Cuz it seems Abe also wants to do that...and if that's the case, I'm for status quo.

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They don't like his revisionist policies, they don't like his reinterpretation of article 9, they don't like his security bill, they don't like his restart of nuclear energy, they don't like his Abenomices, why aren't the Japanese sheeple demonstrating more against him??

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@Jumin

Possibly (maybe even probably), but there are still some significant technological advancements that need to be achieved to make this really viable.

Yes. And this would provide significant improvement over energy loss of sending electrons down cables over large distances.

Better yet - forget uranium and use thorium cycle liquid salt reactors as a bridge. These are far more efficient, vastly reduce resulting waste products, and are smaller and more robust - safer.
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@ Christopher - Then by your simple definition, nearly everyone in Japan is a "survivor" of the bombings.

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but I'd be curious to know how somebody qualifies as a nuclear bombing "survivor". If he and others weren't there when the bomb dropped

People who went into the city searching for survivors, as the article states this individual did, and were exposed to elevated radiation levels have hibakusha status.

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@ Guy - Thank you. All I wanted is more information about how people qualify as survivors. I'm not "berating" their hardships, but there has to be a clear definition.

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@overchanAUG. 04, 2015 - 10:10PM JST This guy is very wrong. Would we ban cars just because someone was killed by them? More poeple die from cars or are affected by pollution than the entire fukushima cri

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Better things come out, many things were banned. Bicycle was introduced. Jinrikisha is no longer used. PC is invwnted People no longer use abacus/

Solae energyfy panels are invented. No longer to worry cancer where solar energy panel plant suppluyutility

Anyone enjoying pulling rikisha and running in Japan?

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