Hiroshima marked the 74th anniversary of its atomic bombing by the United States on Tuesday, with the city’s Mayor Kazumi Matsui putting pressure on the Japanese government to join a U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons in his peace declaration speech. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declined to accept the request, saying the treaty does not reflect the reality of security. Japan has refused to participate in the treaty, along with other countries under the U.S. nuclear umbrella, as have the world’s nuclear-weapon states.
Kyodo New 6th Aug 2019 read more »
In July 2019, Tokyo Electric Power Company made the decision to decommission the second of its Fukushima nuclear power plants, bringing a formal end to the nuclear power era in the prefecture.
Nippon 5th Aug 2019 read more »
A Japan-U.S. joint research organization opened one of its radiation research facilities in Hiroshima to the public Monday to raise awareness of the effects of radiation on human health, ahead of the anniversary on Tuesday of the atomic bombing of the city. Although the Hiroshima facility will only be open to the public for two days, the Radiation Effects Research Foundation will open another research facility in the city of Nagasaki on Thursday and Friday to coincide with the city’s Aug. 9 A-bomb anniversary.
Japan Times 5th Aug 2019 read more »
As of 11 March 2011, there were a total of 54 nuclear power plants in Japan, covering 30% of the country’s electricity needs. And on this very same day, one of the world’s most devastating nuclear catastrophes took place: Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi accident. The incident forced over 160,000 people to evacuate and flee their homes, and more than eight years later, at least 40,000 people, and likely many more, are still displaced. 74 and 8: those are the number of years that have passed since the Hiroshima atomic bombing and the Fukushima nuclear accident, respectively. Whether it’s an atomic bomb or a nuclear power plant, their existences do not equate peace. Today, we must face the truth and declare once and for all that a peaceful use of nuclear energy is nothing more than a mere fantasy.
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