While the U.S. says it’s decreased its nuclear arsenal by 85 percent since the height of the Cold War, it has steadfastly opposed all resolutions to fully abolish nuclear weapons.
“The United States looks forward to continuing to work with Japan to advance President Obama’s goal of realizing a world without nuclear weapons”, Kennedy said in a statement. Well, a lot of thought was put into the decision about the atomic bomb and what it’s fate would be.
People around the world have been using the NukeMap tool to input their city and see the devastating effect it would have had in wake of the bomb’s 70th anniversary.
Tens of thousands of people stood for a minute’s silence at 8:15 am at a ceremony in Hiroshima’s peace park near the epicentre of the 1945 attack, marking the moment of the blast. The original copy of the operations order for dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima is on display at the private museum in the Boston suburbs as the deadly attack marks its 70th anniversary.
Many with memories of the war and its aftermath are scathing about Abe’s stepping away from Japan’s pacifist constitution in pursuit of a more robust security stance, and survivors of the bombing lambasted Abe at a meeting after the commemoration ceremony.
Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped near her home in Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. The Japanese government wants to make sure that first-hand accounts of people like Mr. Tsuboi are recorded so that the world does not forget.
Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing on Thursday and Mayor Kazumi Matsui renewed calls for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
The B-29 nicknamed Enola Gay and its pilot, Col. Paul Tibbets Jr., came together August 6, 1945, to lead a mission that would deploy a uranium bomb known as “Little Boy” over Hiroshima, Japan. “Now is the time to start taking action”. Three days later, the United States dropped a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki. It was the bishop’s first visit to Japan, and he said he was moved by what he saw and heard from Japanese Catholics, who have been adamant in demanding an end to nuclear weapons.
Defence Minister Gen Nakatani, however, was quick to add that such a development was in reality impossible because of Japan’s long-standing policy of not possessing or producing nuclear arms and not letting others bring them into the country.
Organizers are hoping the event will also help raise awareness on nuclear weapons. My father also went on to co-found the Nuclear Threat Initiative with former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, which is funded by many prominent, worldwide philanthropists.