Japan ruling party official calls US A-bombing 'crime'
Monday, December 18, 2006 Posted: 05:33 PM JST
Conservative politician Shoichi Nakagawa, policy chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, has called the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki a "crime," acorrding to a report by Kyodo. Several overseas news media like the International Herald Tribune, Zee News, the Melbourne Herald Sun and related Australian newsmedia have already jumped on the news.
There is nothing new about the concept. It has been voiced many times before. Unfortunately, this time the person voicing the sentiment has made quite a few comments about nukes, and he has a reputation for being blunt.
It is going to be interesting to see how this will play out. Nakagawa may finally have jumpstarted the nuke discussion, he so desperately desires.
For some excellent and considered thinking about the atomic bomb attacks on Japan, and their memory, I suggest reading Hiroshima in History and Memory by Michael J. Hogan, Living With the Bomb: American and Japanese Cultural Conflicts in the Nuclear Age by Laura Elizabeth Hein and Mark Selden, and the classic Hiroshima by John Hersey.
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