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Envoys from 85 nations to attend Hiroshima A-bomb memorial ceremony

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Yeah; and um; NORTH Korea ? Are THEY coming ?

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Shame on Trump for not attending -- Obama was able to.

Shame on you for not knowing the facts and just reacting with hate. Obama did NOT attend any ceremony. US representative at the ceremony in 2010 was ambassador Roos.

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BungleToday 12:57 pm JST

I agree with China’s stance. Attending this event only gives a sense of legitimacy to those in Japan who see Japan as a victim, not as an aggressor.

You really think 85 nations are attending to "legitimize victimhood"? You and the CCP really need to get a clue.

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I agree with China’s stance. Attending this event only gives a sense of legitimacy to those in Japan who see Japan as a victim, not as an aggressor.

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It's disgraceful that China, as a nuclear power, does not intend to attend despite being invited. All other countries have put the past behind them for the collective future of humankind.

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Shame on the Japanese government for refusing to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Instead, all these hypocritical nations with nuclear weapons - who have no intention of giving them up - will be attending this event. Slap in the face from the Japanese government again to the hibakusha.

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It's disgraceful that Japan, as the only country to have suffered a nuclear bombing, continues to ignore the pleas of the hibakusha and join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapon.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/09/national/japans-reluctance-adopt-nuclear-ban-treaty-angers-hibakusha-nagasaki-marks-bomb-anniversary/

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Shame on Trump for not attending -- Obama was able to.

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Shame on Trump for not attending --

Is there some international law which requires the Heads of State of foriegn countries to attend this event?

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@kabukilover,

I completely agree.

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There is a level of ritual hypocrisy attached to this and other Hiroshima events. Why?

Japan was not only an aggressor but also a war criminal. As Honda Katsuichi wrote in The Impoverished Spirit of Modern Japan, the A-bomb fixation is fake pacifism as it drapes itself in false victimhood while covering up the Rape of Nanjing, Unit 731 and other atrocities. Honda exposed the Rape of Nanjing to Japan in the late 60s and had to hide from Japan’s perennial right-wing terrorists.

Japan, like Germany and the US were trying to develop an atom bomb. If Japan had the A-bomb it would have used it, given the chance. As noted, Japan has refused to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The LDP gov’t likes the US “nuclear umbrella.” So as long as the US nukes other countries Japan is okay with nuclear warfare.

This aside, note that A-bombs were only used twice in warfare. The damage they did has been outstripped by the damage done by conventional weapons. North Korea lost some 1 million people due to saturation bombing. Who has felt sorry about that?

Japan has spent over 70 years feeling sorry for itself. It’s time it felt sorry for others, especially Imperial Japan’s victims.

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What a shame to Abe govt policy to ban the treaty of banning nuclear weapons.

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OssanAmerica, China is the only govt that states that she will not use nuclear weapon to threat Japan, or use the weapons against Japan.

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I agree with China’s stance. Attending this event only gives a sense of legitimacy to those in Japan who see Japan as a victim, not as an aggressor.

I agree. I also think that what was once an anual rememberance has turned into an anual political circus.

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