by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 9, 2012
The mayor of Nagasaki called Thursday for a Japan free of nuclear fears as the city marked the 67th anniversary of its World War II atomic bombing by the United States.
"Even during wartime there are certain unacceptable actions," Tomihisa Taue told a commemoration ceremony held to remember the 74,000 people who died either instantly or in the months and years after the bombing.
Taue pledged support for people whose lives have been upended by meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station after it was swamped by the tsunami of March 2011.
He also called on the central government to "set new energy policy goals to build a society free from the fear of radioactivity".
The annual ceremony was held near the spot where the US military dropped its plutonium bomb, nicknamed "Fat Man", on August 9, 1945, just days ahead of Japan's surrender.
First-time attendees included Clifton Truman Daniel, 55, grandson of US president Harry Truman, who authorised the bombing of Nagasaki and of Hiroshima three days earlier with a four-tonne uranium bomb nicknamed "Little Boy", which claimed 140,000 lives.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, speaking at the ceremony, called for the abolition of nuclear weapons and pledged continued efforts to prevent the memories of the bombings from fading as survivors age.
The ceremonies to mark the anniversaries of the two atomic attacks have had greater resonance this year for many in Japan where a debate over energy policy is raging amid growing public scepticism over once-trusted nuclear power.
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com
Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.
Iranians 'confess' to nuclear scientist murders: state TV
Tehran (AFP) Aug 6, 2012
Iranian state television on Monday showed several Iranians alleged to be part of a group of 13 who "confessed" to killing four Iranian nuclear scientists after being trained by Israeli intelligence. It said the network received orders from "Washington and London." The television report, available online (http://www.yjc.ir/fa/news/4047313), showed the suspects speaking of how they purport ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|