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News Bytes 08/12/2020 27 Comments

Japan marked two solemn days last week: August 6 and 9, the 75th anniversaries of U.S. atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now Japan’s leaders and a dwindling number of survivors are urging world leaders to enact a nuclear weapons ban.

In Nagasaki, hibakusha, or atomic bombing survivors, and others gathered to honor more than 70,000 killed. They observed a minute of silence at 11:02 a.m.—the exact moment a B-29 bomber dropped a 10,000-pound bomb dubbed “Fat Man” on the city.

The August 9, 1945, bombing came three days after the United States had deployed the world’s first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. That bomb killed 140,000.

On August 15, Japan surrendered, ending World War II.

Nagasaki’s commemoration took place at Nagasaki Peace Park. Mayor Tomihisa Taue read a peace declaration. His words raised concern about disarmament efforts. He worries that some countries are upgrading and miniaturizing nuclear weapons for easier use.

“The threat of nuclear weapons . . . is increasingly becoming real,” Taue says. He urges the United States and Russia to show a “workable way” toward nuclear disarmament.

Taue says “the true horror of nuclear weapons has not yet been adequately conveyed to the world at large.” He urges Japan’s government and lawmakers to join other nations that have signed the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

But after the ceremony, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticized the treaty. He calls it unrealistic and says, “The treaty is different from Japan’s position and approach” even though they share the same goal of abolishing nuclear weapons.

An aging group of bomb survivors have a growing sense of urgency to tell their stories.

“There is not much time left for us survivors,” says Shigemi Fukabori, 89. He represented the Nagasaki survivors at the ceremony.

Fukabori was a 14-year-old student working at a shipyard when Nagasaki was bombed. He lost four siblings that day.

“I’m determined to keep telling my story so that Nagasaki will be the last place on Earth to have suffered an atomic attack,” he says.

After 75 years, Fukabori still remembers the horrible sights of his charred city.

“Nagasaki bears a responsibility as a witness of catastrophic results the nuclear weapon caused to humanity and environment,” he said in his speech. “I hope as many people as possible to join us, especially the young generations to inherit our baton of peace and keep running.”

(A man and his daughter pray for the victims of a U.S. atomic bombing at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park in Nagasaki, Japan, on Sunday, August 9, 2020. Takuto Kaneko/Kyodo News via AP)

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Arghhh!!! I HATE what America

Arghhh!!! I HATE what America did to Japan! I know that maybe it was necessary, but was that whole war necessary?!, (well, hitler, duh, but there were things we could've avoided) I just... DISPISE all this hate and fear right now, and reading this, it just makes me... feel so... helpless. Like, I feel like we can't seem to stop any of this. It's just so cruel what America did to them! I know Japan bombed us, but they didn't kill CHILDREN, and babies that weren't even born yet! I read this book where this girl, whose mom was pregnant with her when they were bombed, she was an amazing runner, and she hoped to go to the Olympics when she was older, and guess what? She DIED! And it was all a true story!!! I hate this terrible plague of war and fear and violence, and I know that someday it will stop, but... Covid and the elections with everyone being so ugly just because they don't agree about who should run our country and... it's just so... scary. Seeing all this hate. I'm sorry if I'm freaking some of you out... it's been a hard week. Our old neighbor who we've been friends with forever died Sunday because of covid. He wasn't much older than my parents, and I'm scared. I will be praying for covid, for this election, for Hiroshima, for... well, everything going on in this... hate filled world, and for God's Holy Spirit to just... come into these people, and give them love, and peace. If any of you disagree about Hiroshima, I apologize, but I said what I had to get out. Thank you for reading my insane rant LOL

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That event was so sad, but literally necessary, I am sorry to say.
Did anyone else watch the meteor shower this morning? it was the peak night, but you can watch it for a few more days too. We went out at about 2:45 in the morning until 4:00, and saw at least 30 or more! It was really fun. Except for my allergies, which are horrible right now. Please pray for them. They are so annoying. Thanks

Whoops not first comment

Whoops not first comment anymore!

@Carys M

I understand what you are saying, but it was necessary. yeah, we didn't know anyone with Covid until the other day, one of our friends got it. But he is young, so should be fine. I am sorry about your neighbor. I will be praying for you, that God will bring His peace into your life.

Riley D

Thanks Riley, it means so much. Yeah I guess it was necessary, I just wish it didn't have to be so big.

@ Carys M

No I completely agree! And the American-Japanese concentration camps make me just as mad, madder even. They put innocent families that had American children, though their parents may have been from Japan, in CONCENTRATION CAMPS! Exactly what Hitler was using in Germany, though maybe they weren't killing people in America.
And I was going to ask if anyone had read the book "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes", but that's the book you must have been talking about. It's a true story, really short, you guys should all read it. It's by Eleanor Coerr.
Carys, I'll be praying for you, if that's okay. :-)

@ Carys M

Also, it makes me so mad that people are STILL killing unborn babies through abortion.

Janna (Daniel's sister) @Everyone

The bombs were necessary to get Japan to stop fighting, and the concentration camps for Japanese-American's were necessary because how could we know if Japan bribed them into becoming spy's for them.

KN thank you for praying! And

KN thank you for praying! And yes it did seems so wrong! Daniel G I (politely) disagree. America could've put a smaller bomb on a military base, but instead they put a huge one on a town that was filled with innocent bystanders. And the concentration camps were NOT ok. I understand they were worried about spies ( AS they should've been) but it was wrong (and kinda racist) of them to put FAMILIES into those camps. I recommend this book called ECHO. It's about three different children, one a german whose family is being persecuted by the Nazis (not because they're Jewish, but because he has a strange mark on his face and also a music prodigy so he does things that are odd sometimes. And the Nazis wanted people to be "perfect") A Hispanic girl whose moves next to this rich white family, and two white orphaned boys who move in with this rich young woman. It's really good and I highly recommend it!

Operation Downfall

If we never dropped those atomic bombs, America would have to invade Japan.It would have been costly.Millions of American soldiers would have been involved and some British soldiers.If this invasion was successful, about 400,000-800,000 American soldiers would have died. And about 500,000 more wounded.But Japan would have lost between 5 million-10 million people(counting the soldiers).


I hate how were are still aborting babies, we aborted more babies last year then both Nagasaki and Hiroshima combined, and WOW, how did I spell both those right on first try.! This is the amount of babies aborted "Its 2019 annual report, released this week, shows it aborted 345,672 unborn babies" And total in the US 61,628,584 Babies Have Been Killed in Abortions Since Roe v. Wade in 1973. That is more then WW2 total deaths. Total abortions ever More than 1.5 BILLION babies have been aborted worldwide in the past 50 years.[i] An estimated 50 million abortions are carried out throughout the world every year.[ii] One in five pregnancies worldwide end in abortion. We need to keep the atomic bomb because it is a weapon of peace, no one wants a atomic bomb droped on them, so we don't engage. We should worry about abortions first.

Matthew N

I COMPLETELY agree. While I understand and sympathize with these (usually) young women who feel like they can't take of a child, it is MANSLAUGHTER to kill these innocent babies. I get it, your scared, heck, I would be too! But you should give them to an orphanage, not to death. (though I don't believe babies go to hell, whoever does that's fine, but please don't give a lecture on the Bible says this and the Bible says that. I know what I believe in.)

this is Mylee

this is such a reverence ceremony . Also i think that it was necessary. no affense to anyone else . And Matthew N. I agree abortion needs to be stopped more than bombs.

Instead of aborting the

Instead of aborting the babies, why not adopt them?

To Above

I know!

My sister

We adopted my sister, it is epic adopting.

@ Carys M

I hope so.

The bombing in Japan was

The bombing in Japan was awful but necessary. Japan refused to surrender. The Japanese-American camps were NOT necessary. Some Japanese might have been working for Japan, but a lot of others were most likely loyal Americans. It wasn't right to imprison the Japanese because they were Japanese.

Abortion is WRONG! Woman

Abortion is WRONG! Woman shouldn't kill babies and reason that since it's my body I can do whatever I want to do with it. You don't have to take care of the baby. You could have another family adopt it. Also Carys M, I have read Echo and loved every minute of it. I like how the entire story is tied together by a harmonica.

Speaking of books here's some

Speaking of books here's some other evaluation questions to ask while reading a book:
1. What are the character's worldview?
2. Are the character's I care about truly noble?
3. Do the conflict and plot encourage me to accept good and reject evil?
4. Does the theme support biblical truth?

Me and my siblings are all

Me and my siblings are all adopted and I have7 biological siblings who are all adopted (3 of them are with me).

This makes me sad

@Cary I have read that book too! I think the girl died from a sort of cancer. I agree with everything that is being said. Abortions DO need to be stopped. Nuclear bombs SHOULD be banned and we SHOULD adopt babies to save them from getting aborted. It is all so ungodly. P.S. I am praying for everyone

Abortion Is so wrong!

I was talking to somebody and they said that abortion is a gift from God because it helps women. They said that life begins at birth, not conception, brain waves indicate lives, not heartbeats, and that they wouldn't care if they had been aborted because they wouldn't even know. The fact that people think like that breaks my heart.


These are my views: I think the bombs were necessary, but they should not have dropped them on a heavily populated civilian area, and absolutely not not two bombs. I think the Japanese camps were wrong, and they caused a lot of hurt. I think that abortion is murder and must be stopped, and I think that moms should put babies up for adoption instead of abortion. @Carys M, the Japanese camps were NOT concentration camps where the conditions were bad and they were tortured and force to work. They were more like enclosed settlements. @Riley D, I understand about your allergies, I have them too. :( but thankfully mine are gone like they normally do this time of year.


Thanks for understanding!!!

I read a book called BOMB it

I read a book called BOMB it explains all about the atom bomb i suggest you all read it

They dropped one on Hiroshima because it was the site of a major military base the city just tightly surrounded it. and on Nagasaki they dropped a PLUTONIUM bomb they had a chance to test the one they dropped on Hiroshima because they had enough resources for a second (they tested it in the desert of new mexico) the plutonium bomb they didn't have enough resources for a second so they just had to trust that it worked and they dropped it on Nagasaki the explosion was MUCH larger than the first bomb. they dropped 2 Bombs because #1 the Japanese military leaders would not surrender after Hiroshima (they were to prideful) and #2 because then the Japanese would think they had a large supply of them instead of just one.

That's my short history lesson for y'all.

@ David F

Thanks for the "history lesson"! I didn't know all that, it's interesting.

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