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Kishida pushes action plan for nuke-free world at United Nations NPT confab


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Japan will contribute $10 million to set up a U.N. fund to help young people learn about atomic bombs through visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum contains an excellent section comprising video testimonials from Japanese and non-Japanese who were in Nagasaki on the morning of August 9, 1945. Five of the testimonies are from Australians, who were regularly ordered to kneel (to shorten their height) before being beaten with a baseball bat by their Japanese captors at a POW camp in the city. Four of those five Australians state that they supported the bombing, stressing that it brought a quick end to the war, alleviated suffering, and saved many — particularly the lives of Americans and Japanese.

I would highly recommend an unrushed visit.

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Before you push for your plan for a "nuke free" world, do the world a huge favor and clean up the mess from the biggest nuclear disaster in world history first.

Sadly ironic that the only country to suffer from the atomic bombs during WWII is also the same country that has had the man-made disaster of Fukushima.

Seems to me there is a lesson to be learned there, but in the interests of big business, under the guise of economic stability and growth (cough cough cough) Kishida and all the other people who are "pro-nuclear" have never learned the lessons from their past.

Nuclear reactors are the same as nuclear weapons, particularly in a country with nuclear power plants sitting on fault lines!

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… the man-made disaster of Fukushima.

Exactly! If TEPCO had built the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant on the Pacific-facing 35-meter bluff that existed beforehand, instead of first clearing away that bluff, the Fukushima meltdown would never have occurred. This was an engineering miscue for two purposes: (1) to build directly on bedrock (thought to be more earthquake-proof), and (2) to save on the cost of pumping cooling seawater up the 35-meter bluff.

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Chernobyl was the world's greatest nuclear accident.


It is unknown at this stage if Fukushima can be "cleaned up". TEPCO does not know how to remove the hundreds of tons of molten fuel due to extreme levels of radiation.

Even if possible it could be 100 years or more before the nuclear disaster site ends.

Nuclear reactors and nuclear bombs are not the same. What happened at Chernobyl and Fukushima can not be compared to what happened with the two atomic bombings of Japan.

A nuclear reactor can produce radioactive fission fragments continuously over a long period of time while a nuclear weapon produces them in one shot.


Japan was a country that should never have built nuclear reactors. We can thank America for that.

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If the Japanese had been the first to discover the atomic bomb, they would not have hesitated to drop it on their enemies in WW2. This continual chip-on-shoulder pantomime gets tiring very quickly.

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Oh, please, enough!

It is very nice to talk of nuke-free world while sitting under America's nuclear umbrella.

If it is so important to Japan then ask America to leave.

As for young people visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I hope they have a 'Visa" and a negative covid test.

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The five worst nuclear disasters in history


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Ol' mate Fumio sure likes his overseas travel while barring tourists from his own country.....

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Japan, which is protected under the U.S. nuclear umbrella

Easy to talk big when you are protected by the most powerful country in the world.

If at all the Americans decide to leave some day, Japan would (and should) be the first country to develop her own nuclear weapons given that she has lovely neighbours a couple of which still want revenge for Japan's imperial past.

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The JIA during ww2 were desperately trying to perfect atomic weaponry and were close to doing so.

Perhaps we should be thankful they didn't have atomic weaponry at their disposal.

I sincerely doubt they would have hesitated to use it.

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If this, or if that.

Speculations are a dime a dozen.

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Kishida is just jealous that other countries have nukes and not him. the reality is that Nukes is maintaining peace in the world.

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The treaty, which is the world's most widely ratified agreement on nuclear arms controls, recognizes Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States as nuclear states.

All 5 countries are unreliable to various degrees and have skeletons in their cupboards. Its a surprise that so many sovereign nations around the world have allowed themselves to be policed by these 'superpowers'.

Saddam tried to develop his own nuclear weapons during the 80s, but gave up after his defeat in the Gulf War. Ended up hanging at the end of the American rope.

Gaddafi was about to buy illicit nuclear technology from AQ Khan, the notorious Pakistani scientist and nuclear proliferator, but was found out by the US and UK and was 'convinced' to give up his ambitions in return for legitimacy by the West. Ended up in the sewers like a rat.

Ukraine gave up its arsenal and ended up being invaded.

Looking at this, it is no surprise that tinpot regimes and dictatorships or even legitimate democracies who have had a falling out with any of these 'global cop nations' want their own nuclear weapons.

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Kishida pushes action plan for nuke-free world at UN's NPT confab:

Is he?

But did he not fully support the US directed Australian nuclear submarine program?

Playing a double-standard political game?

Looking forward to yet another unfortunate fiasco eventually..

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Being anti-nuclear weapons is not the same as anti-nuclear reactors or anti-nuclear powered subs.

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Ol' mate Fumio sure likes his overseas travel while barring tourists from his own country.....

Doesn't he just. The worst

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A Nuke-free world is wishful thinking. Iran has just produced enough weapon grade uranium for a nuclear bomb and this will find its way to Syria. Because of this existential threat, Israel has a preemptive strike policy so this will be destroyed before it will be used to annihilate the Jewish nation. This will fulfill Isaiah 17 and Amos 1 prophecies about the total destruction of Damascus, turning it into a ruinous heap, making Damascus inhabitable.

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World peace balances upon nukes.

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..."It is my intention to demonstrate our firm commitment from Hiroshima to never repeat the catastrophe of atomic bombings," Kishida said in his speech.

A U.S.-dropped atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945, killed an estimated 140,000 in Hiroshima and another on Nagasaki three days later killed an estimated 74,000 people by the end of that year.......................................

.......Japan, which is protected under the U.S. nuclear umbrella, has not joined the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that came into force in 2021 despite calls, especially from atomic bomb survivors, for Tokyo to sign on.

The treaty has no nuclear powers as signatories."

Enough said.

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Ukraine is the perfect example why every country including Japan SHOULD have nuclear weapons/deterrence

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Imagine, a world of rainbows and unicorns.

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Probably, his plea will fall on deaf ears, in particular, on those of nuclear club countries. Notwithstanding, such pleas and efforts should never be discontinued.   

In a similar vein, Japan should endeavor to propagate the war-renouncing spirit of its constitution to the world community rather than thinking of revising it so that it can wage a war just like other mediocre countries.

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Everybody just needs to put down their guns. The average person does not even understand why all these countries are warmongering. We want to just live peaceful lives. What's with all the fighting around the world?

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Meanwhile kishida wants nuclear weapons for Japan and preemptive strike capabilities.

Once Japan succeeds in acquiring or making their own nuclear weapons will Japan stage a nuclear test ?

It is my intention to demonstrate our firm commitment

What ? By paying to host the same military that used atomic weapons against Japan and by refusing to join the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons ?

Clearly kishidas intentions aren't to be free of nuclear weapons and he's demonstrated double standards.

The LDP Cannot be trusted !

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Just because a country has nuclear capabilities doesn't mean wars aren't fought without using nuclear weapons.

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Weilding weapons of mass destruction to bring peace.

What a stupid world we've created

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It sounds contradictory, but atomic bombs saved so many people’s lives already.

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Not in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and now Donbass.

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Mr.Kishida is rallying his voters to support him , giving false hope to the domestic news that he is a capable world leader. You know nobody in the world outside Japan believes the myth of Japan is the nuclear war victim!

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Every August is Japan's "Nuclear Victimhood Show"!

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Russia and China will never agree to disarm nor will NK. And in fact Kishida, you should be placing orders from US for some nukes yourself right now to counter China's aggression.

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As other posters have said, Kishida is just a joke with his nuclear free world desires. First tell the US that Japan no longer needs their nuclear protection. See how long Japan lasts then until invasion from vengeful neighboring countries.

And yes Japan was very close at the end of WW2 to perfecting its own nuclear bomb. History would have been very different once they had used it.

But they do love to wallow in their "victimhood" every August.

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more like NPC confab I'd say....

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Not in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and now Donbass.

Without nukes we would have perhaps a two or three more world wars by now. Last time it cost us 50M people killed (with 100K from atomic bombs). The conflicts you mentioned are minor in comparison.

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Kishida want's a nuke free world whilst bowing deeply to the rogue state of the USA, the biggest nuclear arms dealer in the world.

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Before commenting here, you should check if your home country participated and what your home country commented.

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Japan "supports the dialogue conducted between the United State and Russia for further reduction and encourages the United States and China to engage in a bilateral dialogue on nuclear arms control and disarmament," he further added.

What about UK,France,India,Pakistan,Israel.....? Why these nuclear armed nations were exempted?

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