60 Years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Below is my comment on the article of "Living Under the Cloud" Page 30 TIME, August 1, 2005
I really appreciate that you picked up the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as your cover story to let people know the meaning of the atom bombs dropped by the B-29 on the innocent citizens sixty years ago.
Without knowing the facts and thoughts of survivors of two cities and the U.S.servicemen aboard the B-29s, many Americans tend to justify this atom bombardment because it ended the war and saved lives too. It is with good reason.
However, the question lies not on the past behaviors of both Japan and the U.S. but on the future commitment of preventing the use of atomic bombs as well as an unexpected disaster of meltdown or explosion of nuclear plants all over the world in order not to increase the number of the hibakusha in the future. U.S. and Japan should take the initiative to do so by overcoming the past.
Because the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not the only hibakusha. So far, uncountable number of “the hibakusha” have suffered from the physical ailments and the psychic trauma caused by radiation, such as the downwind people in several US nuclear plants, Chernobyl nuclear plant and depleted uranium weapons.