I don't usually post on Sundays, but this year, August 6, the 78th
"Atomic Bomb Day" happens to be Sunday and I am posting this post though it is Sunday.
I did not experience the atomic bombing, but my father's brother
was a hibakusha.
Forty-one years ago in August, I served as an interpreter when an
American newspaper reporter interviewed Akihiro Takahashi, then director of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. (The article is attached.)
Then, the G7 Summit was held in Hiroshima, where the atomic bomb
was dropped, on May 19-21 this year.
The dominant view in Japan is that Hiroshima = A-bomb and A-bomb =
victims, and those involved hoped that the meeting would produce significant results on nuclear weapons abolition, but the results were not always as expected.
Why is it that understanding of the atomic bombing and its victims
has not grown in Japan and abroad, and why has sympathy for nuclear abolition not spread?
There are many reasons, including the fact that it is considered to
a past history, lack of education, lack of international perspectives, language barriers, and Japan's inadequate treatment of war criminals and war responsibility.
I believe that one of the reasons for the lack of sympathy is that
they only discusse the one-sided damage caused by the atomic bombings without discussing both the damage and the harm caused by the war in the Pacific War as a whole.
Japan's mishandling of postwar war criminals and war responsibility
will have a permanent negative impact for a long time to come.