Category: Japan

Richard Falk: Why Okinawa Should Matter

When we raise questions about the future of Okinawa, we come face to face with the role and responsibility of global civil society

Conn Hallinan: Dangerous Seas: China & The U.S.

Simple demographics are shifting the balance of economic and political power from Europe and the U.S. to Asia

Diana Johnstone: Hiroshima: the Crime That Keeps on Paying, But Beware the Reckoning

On his visit to Hiroshima last May, Obama did not, as some had vainly hoped he might, apologize for the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of the city. Instead he gave a high-sounding speech against war. He did this as he was waging ongoing drone war against defenseless enemies in faraway countries and approving plans Read more… 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

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

Gar Alperovitz: Unjust Cause

Interview on the decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki

David Swanson: “Looking Forward” Comes to Hiroshima

Never mind an apology, Obama should admit the truth

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 <>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…

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