As part of its efforts to ban nuclear weapons, WILPF is organising a public march and rally, the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb, on 17 June 2017. This event aims to bring together an intersectional, diverse, and inclusive group of people who want to see the end of the nuclear era. Solidarity events are also being organized across Australia, Scotland, and the United States, as well as other points in Europe.
Shared by C.A.N. member Hiroyuki Hamada
I see people posting about Hiroshima and Nagasaki as we observe the anniversaries of the bombings. It is particularly painful because Japan is where I grew up… I’ve read many accounts of pure pain, sadness and hopelessness of the war. But it’s also unbearably disappointing to know that the current Japanese government is forcing the population to bear deadly radiation from Fukushima in order to preserve the system which serves the industry and perpetuates the predatory corporate schemes while pursuing the same neocolonial ambition under the US force. Simply put, the Japanese imperial force didn’t die with the bombs, it merely assimilated into the US imperial force. “Never again”, they say. How hollow and hypocritical is that? It’s obvious that the western pacific alliance has been pushing policies which guarantee a stage where the threat of violence is the norm. And Japan has quietly accumulated more than 1000 nuclear heads worth of plutonium through its “peaceful” nuclear program. And now it’s attempting to dump its constitution, which includes a beautifully put formal renouncement of wars, while attempting to enact the Secret Security Act which complements the ongoing quiet coup taking place in the US after 9/11. If we are to really speak for the people who suffered from the incomprehensible consequences of the nuclear bombs, we must face the same dark force which rules us today. Peace and love to us all.
See the Japanese translation.