Hiroshima

On eve of Hiroshima anniversary, Vancouver doctor recalls father's work on Manhattan Project

"To continue to produce dangerous methods of energy production without an implementable plan for the safe disposal of the inevitable byproducts of these plants is utterly irresponsible," Warf stated. "Biological effects are much, much worse on de...

Hiroshima mayor to urge energy policy review in peace memorial speech

The mayor of one of the cities that has suffered most at the hands of nuclear weapons announced that he will call for a review of Japan's energy policy August 6, during the annual peace memorial. Japan's complicated embrace of nuclear energy is faltering, should Matsui come out strongly against it his voice would have the resonance of history's hard lessons. Should he support it, it would be disheartening for many who already feel the world has not learned the necessary lessons from nuclear weapons testing and use, nuclear accidents, uranium mining, and the insolvable waste question.

Mainichi Daily News l 7 July, 2011

HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) -- Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said Wednesday he intends to urge the government to "review its energy policy" in his speech at the peace memorial ceremony on Aug. 6, marking the 66th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the western Japanese city in 1945.

"The peaceful use of atomic power in terms of nuclear power generation was approved in our energy policy because of public support and trust. But now, support and trust are faltering," in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, Matsui told Kyodo News.

"Consequently, we should call for a review of the idea and I think we can say it," Matsui added. But he did not clarify his position on whether he opposes nuclear power or approves of it.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Atomic Film Coverup -- Key Footage from Hiroshima Buried for Decades

In this disturbing article, Greg Mitchell asks why, if the military & the government maintain that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was defensible, have they suppressed 90,000 ft of footage shot in Japan, most of which still has not been aired.

He chronicles the long search for, and simultaneous efforts to hide, this footage. Some sought to reveal it, to show the horror of war, while the military sought to keep it from the public eye indefinitely. He interviewed Lt. Col. Daniel A. McGovern, who directed the U.S. military film-makers in 1945-1946, managed the Japanese footage, and then kept watch on all of the top-secret material for decades.

"I always had the sense," McGovern [said], "that people in the Atomic Energy Commission were sorry we had dropped the bomb. The Air Force -- it was also sorry. I was told by people in the Pentagon that they didn't want those [film] images out because they showed effects on man, woman and child....They didn't want the general public to know what their weapons had done -- at a time they were planning on more bomb tests."

Whether it was regret, or worry about new war appropriations, it may never be clear. But, to this day, while some of the footage has been shown, most rests unseen by any but the original filmmakers. And this, even years later, is still shocking.

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Lanterns of Memory: a short film by Velcrow Ripper

fiercelightfilms | March 03, 2009 August 6, 2000. The anniversary of the day we dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Thousands of glowing paper lanterns are floated on the river, each commemorating a person or persons who died in the b...

Social Fallout of Atomic Bombings Hounds Survivors

Suvendrini Kakuchi / Inter Press Service   4 August 2010

social falloutATT00181.jpgHamamako was just an infant when the U.S. military dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima... The immediate effects of the blast killed approximately 70,000 people.

But the devastation they suffered was not only about living with radiation burns and medical problems. To this day, Hamamako, others like her and their families suffer from the social fallout of the atomic bomb blasts: stigma and discrimination toward survivors.

"I told the audience how awful it is to live as a hibakusha," said Hamamako, who now lives in Saitama, a suburb west of the capital Tokyo, with her husband and daughter. "My mother never spoke to me of that time because she did not want to recall the long years of how she and my sister, as well as everybody else around them, suffered. They were so badly affected from radiation burns that never healed."

"People like Hamamako are crucial to the lesson we bring from Hiroshima to the world," explained Prof Mitsuo Okamoto, head of the Hiroshima Centre for Non-violence and Peace. "Their testimonies represent a continuation of the role played by the older generation of survivors, whose stories of that fateful day have galvanized global action for peace," he said.

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Hiroshima, The Difficult Questions: An Interview with Steven Okazaki Director of White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

whitelightblackrain.jpgIn the opening section of Steven Okazaki's latest documentary, White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japanese teenagers on the streets are asked if they know the significance of the date August 6, 1945. Despite the fact that the events of that date radically transformed the future of their country as well as the dynamics of international diplomacy forever, the youngsters giggled nervously, embarrassed that they did not know.

The interviews... illustrate the necessity for creative works of artistry, history, and reporting to fill in gaps in our knowledge with vivacity and intelligence. Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki has made acclaimed films on Japanese American incarceration, heroin addiction, and Asian American identity. White Light/Black Rain, [is] a labor of love spanning several decades. For a mainstream documentary, it's a pioneering work: a collection of interviews that seeks to transcend continents and political agendas, while reaching a mass audience.

Asia Pacific Arts teamed up with the Asian press review websiteAsiaMedia to speak with Steven Okazaki about the process of making the film, working with HBO, and showing the film in Japan. --Brian Hu



On the Anniversary of Hiroshima- Ace Hoffman: Silence Isn't Golden

Ace Hoffman / Silence Isn't Golden    July 31st, 2010 (August 1st, 2010)Dear Readers,65 years ago, on August 6th, 1945, a B-29 airplane called the Enola Gaydropped a nuclear bomb called "Little Boy" over a mostly-civilian citycalled Hiroshima."Li...

David Krieger: Message for Hiroshima Day 2010

David Krieger / Nuclear Age Peace Foundation  August 01, 2010 The Nuclear Age is 65 years old.  The first test of a nuclear device took place on July 16, 1945 at the Alamogordo Test Range in New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto Desert.  The Spanish nam...

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