Unbelievable footage of A-Bomb destruction within a couple weeks of the disaster. I strongly recommend watching the 4 minute clip. It is shocking:
Yosuke Takashima and Kentaro Yamano. 2016. Hiroshima, Nagasaki release Soviet footage of A-bomb damage. THE ASAHI SHIMBUN August 5, 2016 http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201608050061.htmlHow could anyone even think about using such a weapon after seeing this footage? Today's most powerful nuclear weapons are much more devastating.
Rare footage documenting the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki shot by former Soviet researchers only months after the U.S. atomic bombings in 1945 were released to media representatives on Aug. 4.
Sergei Naryshkin, chairman of the Russian State Duma, presented the five-minute black-and-white footage on a DVD when he met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo in June. It is voiced over with Russian narration.... Officials at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum believe that the Nagasaki portion was shot on Sept. 16, 1945. They said it represents the earliest known video of the destroyed city after the one taken by the U.S. military on Sept. 8 and 9.
Early atomic bomb footage was censored so I wonder how the Russians came upon the clip available at the Asahi Shimbun cited above. Greg Mitchell writes about the history of this cover up here:
The Tragic 'Atomic Cover-up" http://gregmitchellwriter.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-new-book-atomic-cover-up-reveals.htmlJapan's powerful LDP party has recently declared that the nation will not possess nuclear weapons, although the new hawkish Defense Minister (a woman) stated explicitly that Japan retains the constitutional power to use them if necessary:
Abe rules out nukes but new defense minister. “Abe rules out possibility that Japan will possess nuclear weapons”Aug 6, 2016, http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20
HIROSHIMA -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ruled out the possibility on Aug. 6 that Japan will arm itself with nuclear weapons in the future. "There is no way that Japan will either possess nuclear weapons or consider possessing such arms," Abe told a news conference in Hiroshima.
At a press conference on Aug. 3, newly appointed Defense Minister Tomomi Inada stopped short of denying the possibility that Japan will possess nuclear weapons in the future. "Under the Constitution, there are no restrictions on the types of weapons that Japan can possess as the minimum necessary," she said.
Regarding the defense minister's remarks, Prime Minister Abe said, "Her statement is consistent with the government's policy. I'd like her to do her best as a member of the Abe Cabinet to achieve a world without nuclear weapons."I've written about the hawkish turn encoded in Japan's proposed constitutional revisions (here). The turn right has been facilitated by North Korea's theater of the absurd as that renegade country launches missiles into, or adjacent to, Japan's territorial waters:
Ju-min Park and James Pearson. 2016. Latest North Korea missile launch lands near Japan waters, alarms Tokyo. Reuters, August 3, 2016: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missile-idUSKCN10D2Q8Adding to regional tensions are proposed joint military training exercises by China and Russia in the South China Sea:
North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The main body of the missile landed in Japan's economic exclusion zone, a Japanese defence official said, escalating regional tensions that were already high after a series of missile launches this year and the decision by the United States to place a sophisticated anti-missile system in South Korea.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described the launch as a "grave threat" to Japan and said Tokyo "strongly protested". Japan also said its self-defence force would remain on alert in case of further launches.
Tom Benner. June 5, 2016.Tensions escalate over South China Sea claims. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/tensions-escalate-south-china-sea-claims-160605065515637.html
Singapore - Asia's largest defence summit concluded on Sunday amid growing fears of a legal and military showdown in the South China Sea over China's rapid construction of artificial islands with ports, airstrips and helipads in one of the world's most bitterly contested waterways.
At the weekend-long Shangri-La Dialogue , Chinese military officials vowed to ignore a legal ruling expected in the next few weeks by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on a Philippines' challenge to China's growing assertiveness in the key sea route between the Pacific and Indian Oceans.... The Hague court is expected to rule on the legality of the so-called "nine-dash line", China's cartographic marker that it uses to claim territorial rights over most of the resource-rich sea.
China's claimed sovereignty stretches hundreds of kilometres to the south and east of its most southerly province of Hainan, covering hundreds of disputed islands and reefs. The nine-dash line, first shown on a 1947 Chinese map, carves out an area that runs deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia, and overlaps claims from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. China has boycotted The Hague tribunal's proceedings and instead wants bilateral talks with rival claimants, all of which lack China's economic and military prowess.The footage of Hiroshim and Nagasaki demonstrates very clearly that war is utterly INSANE and GENOCIDAL yet the major world powers are taking us to the brink once again.....
Meanwhile, the US has stepped up military patrols and exercises in the South China Sea, and pledges to ensure freedom of navigation and flight - acts that China considers provocative and targeted at its sovereignty and security interests.