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Hiroshima 1945, Fukushima 2011, – Japan’s nuclear horrors – theme for March 21

As World War 2 neared its end, with 20 million Russian soldiers killed, fighting with the Allies against Hitler, America’s government was already planning its military superiority over Russia.

What they needed was to demonstrate  a weapon of huge mass destruction, that would frighten the Russians.   Germany surrendered on 7 May 1945. Too late to try one out on Germany , but Japan was still in the war, (though near to giving up). So they had to hurry.  Japan would be the test case –  selecting the city of Hiroshima , both to test the effects of atomic bombing, and to show the Russians, on August 6th.  To emphasise the USA’s military superiority, they plutonium bombed Nagasaki 3 days later.

After the war, how to get Japan ”on side” against Russia , and equally important, to show the Japanese that nuclear is really quite good.? USA helped Japan to now get an ‘economic miracle’, and better still, give Japan the benefit of ‘good nukes’.

To these crowded, seismically dangerous Japanese islands, USA promoted clusters of nuclear power stations.  The nuclear industry’s image was miraculously enhanced –  to Japan, and to the world.

BUT, 66 years later, Japan suffered another disastous nuclear blow, with the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power station. With the 10 year anniversary of this disaster, on March 11, the real cleanup is nowhere in sight, vast amounts of contaminated water are still accumulating, areas are uninahitable, and most evacuees don’t want to return. Radioactive pollution in forests is still a problem.

Sad to reflect that this one country, Japan, has suffered two great nuclear horrors – 75 years apart, with the tragic effects of both continuing.  The world needs, not a celebratory, cosmetic, Olympic Games, but real international help for the people of Fukushima, and for the environmental remediation. Japan needs help to shut down the toxic nuclear industry and move to clean energy

March 10, 2021 - Posted by | Christina themes

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