Japan: No more Hibakusha

Peace Pilgrimmage arrives at Hiroshima

 

International Peace Pilgrimage In Japan
International Peace Pilgrimage In Japan

After eight months and 4,500 km of walking since Roxby Downs Uranium Mine in South Australia, the International Peace Pilgrimage (IPP) arrives at Hiroshima Peace Park on August 6. The walk joins the commemorations at the Atomic Dome, to remember the hundreds of thousands of people who were killed by the atomic bomb on this day in 1945, and acknowledge the millions of others who continue to be affected by the nuclear industry globally. Australian Aboriginal Elders are presently touring Japan and will Speak at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In Patriotic Correctness: the Hiroshima cover-up read how the U.S. government and corporate media concealed the effects of the atomic bombings of Japan from the U.S. population, not only then, but up to the present.

[Japan IMC | Melbourne IMC | International Peace Pilgrimage (IPP)]

August 6, 59 years since the devastation of the ‘little boy’ atomic bomb was wrought on Hiroshima, the nuclear machine continues to create new tragedies and invent new horrors. The message from the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is "NO MORE HIBAKUSHA".

At 8.15am August 6, 1945, a nuclear bomb was exploded 500 metres above the city of Hiroshima. It is estimated 140,000 people, mainly women, old men and children, died directly and in the few months after the bomb exploded. It's effects can still be seen in the survivors and their descendants today. Historical research shows the use of nuclear weapons could have been avoided, with far less loss of life on both sides, if diplomatic alternatives had been properly pursued. The USA continues to use nuclear weapons of mass destruction, as in depleted uranium munitions used in Iraq.

In Hiroshima and other Japanese cities; in Melbourne, Brisbane in Australia and cities around the world, people hold vigils to remember the first use of atomic weapons against a civilian population. In many cities and towns in the USA, like in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the anniversary will be commemorated.

For more information visit the Wikipedia page on the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Nuclear Weapon Archive

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Brussels and Flemish Mayors call for a treaty banning nuclear weapons

anomynous 06.Aug.2004 22:25

at NATO headquarters in Brussels(Belgium)
at NATO headquarters in Brussels(Belgium)

Ypres, 6th August 2004 - Walkers from For Mother Earth with flags, banners, white masks and radiation suits reached the end of their 125 km peace walk at the Town Hall in Ypres this morning at 10 am. The peace walk began on Sunday 1st August at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, and is in support of the emergency campaign for complete nuclear disarmament called for by the "Mayors For Peace" network.

38 mayors, or their representatives, from Brussels and across Flanders also gathered in Ypres for the commemorations to mark the 59th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The mayors signed the emergency call from Mr. Akiba Tadatoshi, the mayor of Hiroshima, for a complete elimination of nuclear weapons by the year 2020. The honoured guest in Ypres was Mr. Keijiro Matsushima, a Hibakusha, survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Mr. Freddy Thielemans, mayor of Brussels was present at the ceremony in Ypres and signed the declaration in support of the Emergency Campaign. Theo Kelchtermans, the mayor of Peer, in north east Belgium, sent his replacement to sign on his behalf. This takes on extra significance, as the Belgian airfoce base of Kleine Brogel, within the community of Peer is used to store US nuclear weapons.
Also present at the ceremony was Flemish Minister President Yves Leterme, a member of the city council of Ypres. A further 38 mayors had already signed the declaration, but could not be present at the ceremony. 77 mayors sent apologies. This makes a total of 153 mayors supporting the ceremony.

The peace walk and ceremony in Ypres form part of the Emergency Campaign launched by the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Mayors for Peace network. With this emergency campaign, the mayors propose a step-by-step plan for the nuclear weapons states (Britain, China, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russia and the U.S.) to dismantle all their nuclear weapons by 2020. The emergency campaign is supported by Abolition 2000, the international network for the elimination of nuclear weapons made up of more than 2000 NGOs worldwide.

Today more than 605 Mayors are part of the Mayors For Peace network in 108 countries. Belgian members include the Mayors of Antwerp, Bruges, Boechout, Ghent, Ypres, Laakdal and Leuven. It is clear that many of the mayors present in Ypres today will join the network. Louis Bril, Liberal Alderman and member of the Flemish parliament said during a reception for the Hibakusha and the peace walkers at the town hall in Roeselare: "It is shameful that only 7 Belgian cities are part of the Mayors for Peace network. I will ensure that Roeselare also joins the network". The mayor of Brussels, Freddy Thielemans, also joined the network this week after a meeting with the peace walkers and the guest from Japan at the city hall of the capital of Europe.

The Hiroshima commemoration in Ypres is organised by the City of Ypres in cooperation with Abolition 2000 Belgium. In 1915, Ypres was the first town where chemical weapons were used. In Francophone Belgium there will also be a Hiroshima commemoration in support of the emergency campaign on Saturday 7th August at the University of Mons (Bergen).

Today 20,000 warheads remain on alert status. The doomsday clock of the bulletin of The Atomic Scientists has stood at 7 minutes to 12 since 2002 - as little progress has been made on global nuclear disarmament. A number of countries, with the US leading the way, are refusing to start multilateral negotiations on the start of nuclear disarmament. The US is developing a new generation of mini-nukes smaller, useable, nuclear weapons- and is also preparing the nuclear test site in Nevada for a new series of nuclear tests. Other countries such as Russia, Britain and France hold on to the idea that nuclear weapons can bring security, and are developing new nuclear weapons or upgrading their existing stockpiles. This is against the legal obligations set out in Article VI of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which obliges all nuclear weapon states to work towards the complete elimination of nuclear weapons.

For the Nagasaki commemoration on Monday 9th August, For Mother Earth will also be organising an action with floating lanterns at the Graslei on the River Leie in Gent, at 9:30 pm. This will mark the end of the tour of Belgium made by the Japanese guest Mr.Keijiro Matsushima.

Mr. Keijiro Matsushima, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima was invited to Belgium to share his experiences of the bombing, and bring his support to these events. On 6th August 1945 the 16 year old Keijiro Matsushima was in class when the atomic bomb was detonated, shortly after the start of the lesson. His school was 2km from ground zero. He saw hell arrive on earth. As a result of the heat and firestorm, 90,000 people died in Hiroshima on 6th August. Three days later, another 40,000 were killed in Nagasaki. Since then, Hibakushas have travelled regularly within Japan and abroad to share their experiences. Mr. Keijiro Matsushima has been an honoured guest at meetings during the peace walk in city halls Brussels, Asse, Aalst, Tielt, and Roeselare.

Press contact For Mother Earth +32(0)495-28 02 59 Pol D'Huyvetter

For Mother Earth vzw coordinates the secretariat of Abolition 2000 Belgium, a network of 50 member organisations including 11.11.11., ACW, Artsen voor Vrede, Bond Beter Leefmilieu, Chirojeugd, CNAPD, For Mother Earth, Forum voor Vredesactie, Greenpeace, KAV, KWB, Oxfam Wereldwinkels, Pax Christi, Vrede en VVKSM.

 http://motherearth.org/walk/walk.php


Pictures:  http://fme.sincerethought.org/gallery/albun43

U.S. secretly agreed to buy Belgium uranium for Hiroshima bomb

anomynous 06.Aug.2004 22:32

Mainichi Shimbun, Japan, August 4, 2004

"BRUSSELS -- A Belgian historian has found documents showing that the United States reached a secret agreement with Belgium during World War II to obtain the right to purchase uranium ore that was later used in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Jacques Vanderlinden, a professor of history at the Free University of Brussels, uncovered the documents at the British Public Record Office in London.

It is already known that uranium from Congo, which was under Belgium's colonial rule, was used in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, but it is the first time that details of the secret agreement between Belgium and the United States have emerged."

 http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/news/20040804p2a00m0fp011000c.html


 http://news.google.com/news?q=belgium%20uranium&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wn

Mayors for Peace

anomynous 06.Aug.2004 22:52

"Abolition 2000 is an international global network working for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons within a time-bound framework. It is open to all organizations endorsing the Abolition 2000 Statement. The Network aims at providing groups concerned with nuclear issues a forum for the exchange of information and the development of joint initiatives. The Abolition 2000 Network meets once a year and communicates on an ongoing basis via a number of list serves and through conferences, teleconferencing, and periodic mailings."

 http://www.abolition2000.org/about/




Mayors for Peace



 http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/

 http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/mayors/english/



Hiroshima Commemoration, Mons

a 08.Aug.2004 10:00

 Hiroshima Commemoration, Mons
Hiroshima Commemoration, Mons

Hiroshima Commemoration, Mons:

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Other stops along the way

Bob 08.Aug.2004 13:10

Did you get a chance to see other places where people were killed in WWII? Did you stop in at Bataan? How about Nanking where the Japanese killed 300,000. Did you get to see any Japanese POW camps where chemical and biological agents were tested on prisoners? How about any POW camps where the Japanese were performing live disections? Or was this an anti-American march for ending a war 60 years ago?