Hiroshima Week 8: Never Again

Since 1968, every time a new atomic bomb has been tested, the Mayor of Hiroshima has sent a letter of protest. Every time the hope is that this will be the last atomic test.

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Letters of protest

No atomic bombs have been used in war since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, but at times it has been close, and the world still holds a huge arsenal of nuclear boms.

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Map of Nuclear Free Zones

Like the mayors of Hiroshima, I myself hope that someday the testing and use of atomic weapons will disappear.

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A globe showing where there are nuclear bombs today

Writing these blog posts I have tried to focus on how the bombs affected Hiroshima. I have not looked at the reasons for or justification of the bombing, I will leave that up to the experts. There might have been good reasons for bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and there might not have been.

For a good book going deeper into the subject, I recommend Hiroshima Nagasaki by Paul Ham.

Today it is seventy years since the first use of an atomic bomb in a war. The bombing of Hiroshima was quickly followed by the bombing of Nagasaki, but since then nuclear bombs have never been used in war again. Let us all hope it stays that way.

These posts are dedicated to all those who died of the two atomic bombs used against Japan in World War Two.


Read post 7: Shukkei-en.

3 comments on “Hiroshima Week 8: Never Again

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  2. Sara says:

    Yes, we hope and pray never again, anywhere and everywhere! I know someone whose father was a scientist who worked on the bomb. My friend was born on the actual day they dropped it on Hiryoshima. And he has felt guilty about that his entire life, though he had nothing at all to do with it. We all pray for peace.

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