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Majority of A-bomb survivors want Japan to join nuke ban treaty

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In a perfect, safe world, being anti-nuclear weapons would be a nice “pipe-dream”. But in reality, in an extremely dangerous time in Japan, we need the USAs nuclear protection.

The PM Abe Cabinet knows this, and will absolutely not sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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Doesn’t matter what they want; the historians who were never there want differently, and will get their way because they belong to the Nippon Kaigi as well as the idiots that decide what their limited capacity thinks is good for the nation.

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and will get their way because they belong to the Nippon Kaigi as well as the idiots that decide what their limited capacity thinks is good for the nation.

Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States don't have a Nippon Kaigi faction. And Japan cannot sign the treaty if it expects the USA to continue to provide defence. Simple as that, really. If you don't like it, you can always call the leaders of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States idiots instead. I am sure they will be very interested in your opinion.

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In the photo, I wish the building just to the left of the A-bomb dome hadn't been built. It really ruins what should be an iconic view from the memorial.

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commanteer: "Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States don't have a Nippon Kaigi faction."

None of them were bombed with nuclear weapons, and the last of those you mentioned DROPPED the bombs and won't admit they are wrong.

"And Japan cannot sign the treaty if it expects the USA to continue to provide defence."

They can, actually, same as they have the SDF despite the fact that it is illegal according to the Constitution, but the government twisted the meaning to their own ends to create it. And you're kidding yourself if you think it's just because of US defense -- many in the Nippon Kaigi, as well as nationalists in general, have said Japan should reserve the right to have its own nuclear weapons, and that is what they are working for. Imagine having to live next door to third-world NK and knowing they have a status you do not! That's what some here fret over more than the desires of people who have actually suffered from the use of the weapons.

"If you don't like it, you can always call the leaders of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States idiots instead."

Deflection. Plain and simple. But since you threw out that red herring, I have said countless times that I am for the ban and the nations that have those weapons should be working towards disarmament -- COMPLETE disarmament. But with people like you, cheering on the existence of said weapons and the cowardice of Japan not to sign the ban, it won't ever happen. I bet you and your family never suffered the effects of the bombs. How about YOU contact these people and tell them they are wrong? No? Thought not.

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Japan has enough nuclear knowhow to build itself the bomb, and it would be stupid if they wouldn't research it in secret. Not everyone has to know what they're doing behind the closed doors of some underground complex. Japan can't rely on the loony USA for protection any longer...

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Will somebody please tell me what the requirements are to qualify as a survivor of the bombings. They happened 73 years ago, there can't be that many people left even if the requirements are very nebulous.

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We should listen to them, they know first hand. We also need to urge our American counterparts to do the same.

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