Walt Disney Japan has apologized for a tweet expressing congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
Pope Francis remembers the nuclear bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and calls for disarmament.
The United States reportedly considered using nuclear weapons again during its wars in Korea and Vietnam, but concern over a global backlash seemingly outweighed the imperatives of military strategy. In Hiroshima, the death toll reached a staggering 140,000 while in Nagasaki 70,000 lives perished during and after the bombing.
Bishop Cantu said it was “tremendously moving” to hear the personal accounts of the hibakusha, including Sumiteru Taniguchi, an 86-year old bombing survivor who spoke at a city-sponsored memorial service on August 9, the anniversary of the bombing.
“She’s a great witness to the human spirit and to our ability to reconcile after war“, Kerry said, describing today’s U.S. relationship with Japan as “one of the most important that we have in the world”. Seventy years later, it’s still deeply embedded in public memory and school textbooks, despite an ever-growing pile of evidence that contradicts it. Perhaps it’s time, so many decades into the age of apocalyptic peril, to review the American apologia for nuclear weapons – the argument in their defense – that ensured we would never have to say we’re sorry.
Abe laid a wreath at the ceremony, attended by representatives from 75 countries including US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. He also recognized the extreme hardships “beyond description” that the survivors and residents have to face after the bombings.
“We can feel Nagasaki from these points”.
I agree with Shinzo Abe & #Japan.
The Prime Minister mentioned the Japanese Government’s effort to submit a “new draft resolution on the total elimination of nuclear weapons to the United Nations General Assembly”.
The bomb, the second and final time a nuclear bomb has been used in warfare, was dropped on 9 August 1945, three days after the first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.