Thursday, September 29, 2022

Nagasaki recalls its tragedy because of the loss of momentum for nuclear disarmament. 77 years after the last atomic bomb was dropped in the war

the city of nagasakiIn the south of Japan, this Tuesday was celebrated 77th anniversary of the devastating nuclear attack that devastated the cityAgainst the backdrop of concern over the war in Ukraine and the loss of momentum for global nuclear disarmament.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during the event, laments the lack of progress in the movement towards nuclear disarmament and asked that the tragedy in this Japanese city be “never repeated” after the 1945 nuclear attack.

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“The campaign for nuclear disarmament is suffering, therefore Japan will work resolutely for a world without nuclear weapons. no matter how hard”, said the Japanese President during the act.

The ceremony took place in front of the Statue of Peace, located near the hypocenter of the explosion, and began with chants, as well as offer flowers and water In memory of the victims, what happens In memory of those who were burnt internally and externally during the blast and who asked for water to quench their thirst from the rest.,

A minute’s silence was also observed at the exact time of the bombing, 11:02, in an act in which Participated “Hibakusha” –nuclear bomb survivor–, who is now at least 77 years old and survived the ravages of war and the consequences of radiation

The Japanese prime minister also stressed the importance of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which entered into force in the middle of the Cold War in 1970, and prohibits the possession of nuclear weapons by any country that is not part of the group. Of the powers made up of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, China, France, and Russia (then the Soviet Union).

Kishida said, “During the review conference of this treaty, I advocated strengthening it. Even now, in a difficult security time, we must ensure that nuclear weapons are not used and that the Nagasaki atomic bomber be the last city.” ,

Ukraine’s concern

For his part, the mayor of Nagasaki, Tomihisa Tau, also took advantage of the meeting to express his concern about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the threat that it could lead to a new nuclear attack.

“This situation has shown the world that The use of nuclear weapons is not an unfounded fear, but a real and present crisis. It has forced us to face the reality that as long as there are nuclear weapons, humanity is in danger,” Tau said.

The mayor also asked the Japanese government to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which entered into force in 2021, and which would force the Asian country to give up nuclear protection provided by the United States.

The treaty covers the development, production, possession, use or threat of use of nuclear weapons, as well as provisions for aid and environmental remedies to victims, and seeks to send a clearer and more forceful message than the NPT, in which from japan yeah it’s part

Survivor Miyata Takashi, 82, said, “The indiscriminate attack in Ukraine reminded me of what we experienced in Nagasaki and the loss and suffering it caused so many people. The situation once again raised my fears that I would I can fry it.” I have cancer since last 10 years.

For many “hibakusha”, the situation in Ukraine has triggered a new fear of nuclear escalation and they have shown their sympathy with the situation and condition of Ukrainians displaced by the war.

On 9 August, the “Fat Man” bomb was dropped on Nagasaki and detonated at 11:02 at an altitude of 470 m, detonating the equivalent of 21 kilotons of TNT, destroying more than 40% of the city.

Nagasaki has been one of the most important ports in southern Japan for centuries and was of great importance during World War II for its commercial activity, which included shipping, artillery, and other military equipment.

it was estimated that Around 40,000 people were killed at the time of the atomic bombing and this number will increase to more than 70,000 in the coming months., Nearly 400,000 people have lost their lives in both cities so far, including the August 6 bombings in Hiroshima.

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