Le taux de soutien du Cabinet d’Abe chute à 35,8%

La côte d’approbation du Cabinet du Premier Ministre Shinzô Abe n’a jamais été aussi basse. En chute de 9,1 points depuis juin, le taux de 35,8% est du jamais vu depuis qu’Abe est en place, soit depuis 2012. Les taux de soutien du Cabinet ont chuté depuis que les partis au pouvoir ont forcé le […]

Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki Anniversary 2016

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Today, August 9th, is the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, an historic port city on the west coast of Kyushu in southern Japan.

A solemn prayer is held at 11.02am, the exact time of the bombing and the mayor of Nagasaki will repeat his annual pleas for a nuclear-free Japan.

Three days earlier on August 6th, Hiroshima, became the first city in the world to be attacked by a nuclear weapon when a bomb was dropped on the city by the US Air Force at 8.16am.

Nagasaki Atomic Bombing Anniversary, Nagasaki.

The Nagasaki bomb ended the Pacific War, which had begun with the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941.

August 9th will be marked by solemn memorial services in Nagasaki, including an annual address by the Mayor of Nagasaki, Tomihisa Taue (田上 富久), as he delivers a Peace Declaration to the World.

Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima Anniversary 2016

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This year’s anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima will take place as always on August 6 in this port city in the Chugoku district of Japan. Since last year’s anniversary, President Barack Obama has become the first serving US president to visit the Hiroshima Peace Museum. During his moving speech at the site, Obama offered no apology for the bombing, but his presence was welcomed by the majority of the Japanese public, and was seen as part of the gradual healing process.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

This year is the 71st anniversary of those tragic events that took place at 8.16am on the morning of August 6, 1945. Solemn ceremonies will take place as usual in Hiroshima Peace Park and throughout Japan to remember the approximately 140,000 victims of Japan’s first but not only nuclear disaster.

The bombing of Nagasaki by the US Air Force was to follow just 3 days later and then again in Fukushima in 2011, another nuclear disaster was to occur. This one caused by a natural disaster aided by human error and institutional incompetence.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

The current LDP government lead by conservative hawk Shinzo Abe is seeking to change Article 9 of the Japanese constitution that would allow Japanese forces to engage overseas for the first time since World War II.

This move is taking place during a period of rising tension with neighbor China over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

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Nagasaki Atomic Bombing Anniversary 2015

長崎, 原子爆弾

Tomorrow, August 9th, is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, the second city in Japan after Hiroshima, three days earlier to be attacked and destroyed by a nuclear bomb dropped by the American Air Force during World War II.

Nagasaki Atomic Bombing Anniversary, Nagasaki.

The Nagasaki bomb effectively ended the Pacific War, which had begun with the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941.

This year the anniversary has extra significance, not just as the 70th since the end of World War II, but also against a rising tide of nationalism within the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his LDP party.

There is unease among Japan’s neighbors, namely South Korea and China, that Abe will not offer the standard statement of apology to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on August 14, the date Emperor Hirohito’s decree to surrender was heard on the radio in Japan.

The day will be marked by solemn memorial services in Nagasaki, including an annual address by the Mayor of Nagasaki as he delivers a Peace Declaration to the World.

A solemn prayer is held at 11.02am, the exact time of the bombing and the mayor of Nagasaki will repeat his pleas for a nuclear-free Japan, against a backdrop of nuclear reactors being given permission to resume operation following the meltdown of a reactor in Fushima following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 2011.

Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima Anniversary 2015

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This year’s anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima has special significance for a number of reasons.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

It is the 70th anniversary of those tragic events that took place on August 6, 1945. Solemn ceremonies will take place today in Hiroshima Peace Park as usual and throughout Japan to remember the approximately 140,000 victims of Japan’s first but not only nuclear disaster.

The bombing of Nagasaki by the US Air Force was to follow just 3 days later and then again in Fukushima in 2011, another nuclear disaster was to occur. This one caused by a natural disaster aided by human error and incompetence.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

The current LDP government lead by revisionist hawk Shinzo Abe has recently pushed through parliament unpopular legislation that could see Japanese troops sent into combat overseas for the first time since 1945.

The move follows a rise in tension between Japan and China in the South China Sea as China seeks to increase its influence in an area where it has a number of competing territorial claims with its neighbors.

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