On August 6th, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. The bomb instantly transformed Hiroshima into hell on earth. It wiped out 90 percent of the city and killed 80,000 people instantaneously. Many more perished later due to exposure to radiation. Everything was on fire, and cries for help could be heard everywhere. What followed next was a peculiar silence that indicated death and desperation.
As Japan approaches the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, this year’s August 6 provoked extraordinarily strong emotions among the Japanese, partly because of changes to Japan’s pacifist policy that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trying to introduce. The peace memorial ceremony in Hiroshima did not seem to welcome his presence, even though he promised to work toward nuclear disarmament. I closed my eyes to offer my condolences to all the people who lost their lives. Some closed their eyes in fear, foreseeing the danger that the same mistake may be made due to the current security bills that Mr Abe is trying to pass.
But what I found equally disheartening and disappointing were comments from foreigners I read on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, about Hiroshima this year. There were those who, after 70 years, still would claim, “The Japanese deserved the bomb”.
This is coming up yet again here soon. This rings sort of loudly for me right now after doing a bunch of research into the Japanese constitution and how it was created and now how Japan is trying to remove the part of their constitution that has made them a pacifist nation since this time! I’m not sure what I think, I would like to think that Japan is smart enough to not have to go to war and spend precious resources on chasing Isis ghosts when they got people back home littering the street because their economy is still so shaky!