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A-bomb survivors criticize Putin's remarks on Crimea

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Speaking to reporters, Terumi Tanaka, a spokesman for the organizations, said Putin’s remarks were insensitive to all A-bomb survivors, NHK reported.

While I 100% sympathize with Tanaka-san's feelings, IMO, it is like spitting in the wind. Putin has made it clear he follows only his own agenda, and could not care what anyone else thinks or feels, and any "insensitivity" to these victims is of no concern to him. He has shown no concern at all for the thousands of Ukrainians his invasion has killed or mis-placed, or even the victims of the Malaysian Airlines flight that was shot down.

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That documentary is a piece of nationalistic garbage. Putin can put his forces on the highest alert he wants and abandon all the cold war treaties. It just awakens Europe, Japan, and others to the fact that the cold war is not over.

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On the contrary,

Thanks to Putin's decisiveness and leadership Crimea was liberated without a shot being fired.

Tough talk and quick action saved lives.

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On the contrary,

Thanks to Putin's brinksmanship and callousness, the world was brought to the precarious edge of atomic disaster.

Megalomania and kleptocrat greed trump international treaty agreements.

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"No person, no problem," Putin said

The crook Putin knows all about this, having ordered the killing of numerous political opponents over the years.

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When did japan suffered from a hydrogen bomb attack?

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When did japan suffered from a hydrogen bomb attack?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daigo Fukuryu Maru

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elephant200: When did japan suffered from a hydrogen bomb attack?

Umbrella organization, probably includes Japanese and maybe even Pacific Islander sufferers of hydrogen bomb testing in the Pacific.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daigo_Fukury%C5%AB_Maru

Daigo Fukuryū Maru (第五福龍丸?, S.S. Lucky Dragon 5) was a Japanese tuna fishing boat, with a crew of 23 men, which was exposed to and contaminated by nuclear fallout from the United States' Castle Bravo thermonuclear device test on Bikini Atoll, on March 1, 1954. ...

Later, the United States expanded the danger zone and it was revealed that in addition to the Daigo Fukuryū Maru, many other fishing boats were in the expanded zone at the time. It is estimated that about one-hundred fishing boats were contaminated to some degree by fallout from the test. ...

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A couple of points occured to me while reading.

1) Putin's words are full of an ego fuelled loftiness meant to intimidate. That the idea would become a reality (nuclear engagement) was a non-starter. The question re was he ready to put Russia's nuclear forces on alert, was answered with "We were ready to do it"... Ready to put the forces on alert - the same as every nuclear weapon possessing nation.

2) Japan, as recently as last week, declined to become a signatory to a proposal by Austria in the UN to call for the ban of nuclear weapons. Japan cited being under the US nuclear umbrella as reason not to.

So I think the A-bomb survivors group should be loudly challenging the real situation of a govts (Japan) unwillingness to call for the elimination of nuclear weapons, even though Japan is the only country to have suffered directly by nuclear attack.

But possibly the meek media wouldn't want to play with that, rather they want to put a spin on big bad Putin.

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Kudos to Putin for keeping the doomsday clock ticking!

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The Japan Confederation of Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Sufferers

Are there any hydrogen bomb sufferers in Japan? And how does surviving something like this give them any status in commenting on Putin's obviously provocative remarks?

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Maybe they could ask Hatoyama his feelings on the subject?

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"For us it became clear and we received information that there were plans not only for his capture, but, preferably for those who carried out the coup, but also for his physical elimination. As one famous historical figure said: 'No person, no problem,' " Putin said.

Putin quotes a historical figure and doesn't see the irony and potential foreshadowing of that quote. Mr. Putin someone long ago said "He who Lives by the Sword Dies by the Sword". Mr. Putin, you are giving ideas to those who are already thinking it.

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Yanukovich's overthrow ultimately prompted Russia to seize and annex the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

The above sentence is patently false. The overthrow prompted Crimeans to hold a referendum to break from Kiev. Then Russia agreed to annex Crimea.

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@Jeff

Not really. Russian forces had taken over Crimea long before the various referenda.

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Quote: "...Terumi Tanaka, a spokesman for the organizations, said Putin’s remarks were insensitive to all A-bomb survivors..." Note: The concern here is not the dangers of sudden atomic warfare but hurt feelings. This is B.S. Japanese hurt feeling have too often been used as political ploy. In this case this was to get unwarranted attention. Putin was not out to hurt the feelings of Japanese A-bomb and H-bomb survivors, or any similar survivors, like the victims of atomic testing or exploding nuclear reactors.

No, Putin just was to scare the doo-da out of the U.S. and NATO. He did scare the doo-da out of me, for what it is worth. My feelings were, however, okay and remain so.

I have a lot of sympathy with anyone who experienced being bombed, even silly old futz like these. A pity they didn't say anything about the imminent dangers of nuclear war rather than hurt feelings.

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@Kabukilover.

Been waiting for this (your) exact kind of input. Darn right this is Japanese B.S. translated into & used for their own ploy. I don't agree w Putin most of the time. But the dude, was clearly not trying to hurt hibakusha.

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Does nuclear blackmail even get taken seriously by policy makers? Detonating nukes on neighboring countries does have pretty nasty drawbacks on the assailing country, for one thing prevailing winds can blow radioactive fallout to Russia, affecting the nation's health and harvest.

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It has becoming clear Putin is very dangerous dictatorship to the world and not just Europe. He won’t be hesitating to use Nuclear Weapons on its neighbor and any countries in the world. We can save millions of lives in Europe If we should have able to kill Hitler before he invades Poland at beginning of WWII. Also Japan won’t be expended its own war in the region. We must do something about Putin’s barbaric ideology before he uses Nuclear weapons on some one else nation.

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Earth is to small for nuclear weapons and Putin should know that any nuclear conflict would also destroy his own country.

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