Category: Japan

RT.com: One of biggest protests in 2 decades: Over 50,000 Okinawans gather for anti-US military rally

The demonstrators were protesting against heavy US military presence and grave crimes repeatedly committed by servicemen against the residents

William Boardman: “Historic” Empty Suit Visits Hiroshima

The U.S. chose an almost undamaged city full of civilians as the target that would best bring the Japanese to their knees. Now that is something to “ponder,” as Obama suggested, but chose not to do. It doesn’t take much pondering to begin to wonder whether incinerating thousands of civilians might not be a war crime

Robert Hunziker: Fukushima: Worse Than a Disaster

A big part of the problem is that nobody has experience with a Fukushima-type meltdown, which now appears to be 100% meltdown

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Richard Falk: A Moral Revolution? Reflections on President Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima

The whole idea of impunity for the victors and capital punishment for the losers is morally regressive

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Gar Alperovitz: Unjust Cause

Interview on the decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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David Swanson: “Looking Forward” Comes to Hiroshima

Never mind an apology, Obama should admit the truth

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Richard Falk: Making the Most of Obama’s Hiroshima Visit

[Prefatory Note: I sent the following message to the White House today, and encourage readers of this blog to do the same <www.whitehouse.gov>This symbolic visit by Obama creates a major opportunity to advance a denuclearization agenda, and we should take as much advantage as possible. I am against the mainstream advice that suggests that the Read more…

Jon Mitchell: Contamination at Largest US Air Force Base in Asia: Kadena, Okinawa

Documents reveal how years of accidents and neglect have polluted local land and water with hazardous chemicals including arsenic, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos and dioxin

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David Swanson: Psst. Slip This Onto Obama’s Teleprompter in Hiroshima

I am going to keep pushing the U.S. war machine forward in every possible way, and the consequences be damned

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Richard Falk: If Obama Visits Hiroshima

There are mounting hopes that Barack Obama will use the occasion of the Group of 7 meeting in Japan next month to visit Hiroshima, and become the first American president to do so. It is remarkable that it required a wait of over 60 years until John Kerry became the first high American official to Read more…

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