Akahata (Japan): March 1 is celebrated as “Bikini Day”. 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan should serve to consolidate the Japanese public opinion | Politics | the new York times

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Test of a hydrogen bomb by the US on March 1, 1954 in the South Pacific ocean in the waters of Bikini Atoll, has brought enormous damage to Japanese fishing vessels and population the surrounding Islands. This year in Japan in 66 times noted “Bikini Day”. Across the country will be held various commemorative events, which invited foreign delegations. (February 28 — March 1 they will be held in Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture).

The pain of the people affected by the atomic bombings

In April of this year, which marks 75 years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, once again (every 5 years) to the headquarters of the United Nations in new York will host the Review conference to discuss the issues of strengthening the regime of the Treaty on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons (NPT). The world anti-nuclear movement aimed at the consolidation of international public opinion demanding strict observance of the Treaty the nuclear powers convened in new York, the world forum for the prohibition of atomic and hydrogen weapons (world forum for the rejection of nuclear weapons, climate and environment, social and economic development of the planet). To the UN General Assembly this fall and will be timed final events “of the world movement of collecting signatures in defense of the victims of the atomic bombing” that began in 2016. The current “Bikini Day” should become a “springboard” for all listed events.

The Bikini tragedy occurred shortly after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They have suffered a lot of Japanese. About 32 million people in Japan, or nearly half of all its voters signed in subsequent years of the petition for the prohibition of atomic and hydrogen weapons. This mass movement is reflected in the first world forum for the prohibition of these means of mass destruction, which took place in 1955. Today becomes very important to preserve and continue the nationwide movement.

In the international Treaty to ban nuclear weapons, adopted in 2017, it said “a profound sympathy for the victims of the atomic bombings and to the victims of nuclear tests who experienced incredible pain and suffering.” Ibid., article 6, refers to the duty of rendering comprehensive assistance to victims and the need to restore the polluted environment. People affected by nuclear tests, are victims of a policy of development of nuclear weapons.

The survivors of the nuclear tests, the people continue to suffer consequences for your health and the environment. These people, along with those who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the living witnesses of all the inhumanity of nuclear weapons. All possible assistance to the victims of the trials is an integral part of advancement of humanity to “a world without nuclear weapons.”

As a result, at Bikini Atoll nuclear tests seriously affected engaged in the fishery the tuna fishing boat “Daigo fukuruma”. Her radio ICICI Kuboyama died. In the ensuing investigation determined that just after the American trials damage was caused to more than 1,400 fishing vessels engaged in the fishery in this area. Affected fishermen were found throughout Japan. However, the Japanese government for many years kept it from people. When the result of active participation of civil society organizations, researchers and the victims themselves under their pressure, the picture became clearer, the Japanese authorities began to escape responsibility by making statements such as: “No harm to people’s health from the factors of nuclear destruction was not.” Using then received from America a symbolic “compensation”, the Japanese government hastily conducted some surveys, taking them quickly to collapse. Apparently, the decision of the Japanese government to somehow examine the circumstances of the tragedy are the fears of the United States to face the growing criticism of their country’s nuclear strategy.

Japanese citizens affected by nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll, demanded that the government of Japan to take responsibility for themselves and filed a lawsuit for monetary compensation. Last year the high court Takamatsu city (the administrative center of the Prefecture of Kagawa on Shikoku island) after two meetings, these proceedings are dismissed. However, the court recognized “the General attitude with victims of atomic testing” and demanded “to expedite consideration of appropriate administrative and legislative measures to assist them”. The government of Japan should quickly reveal to the people all the circumstances of the tragedy at Bikini and to take immediate measures to assist the rapidly aging her victims in the citizens of Japan.

Japan should participate in the Treaty banning nuclear weapons

The government of Shinzo Abe is opposed to the Treaty banning nuclear weapons on the grounds that “Japan is under the us nuclear umbrella”. This position is not worthy of a country that has experienced the effects of the atomic bombings and nuclear tests. If this government does not sign and ratify the Treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons, the need to create a government that will be able to do it. “Bikini day” should be used to consolidate public opinion around this requirement.

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