In his speech at Nagasaki Peace Park, Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged the Japanese government to take the lead in creating a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Northeast Asia rather than remain under the US nuclear umbrella. A reference to the US promise to use its own nuclear weapons. to defend the allies without them.
Taue also singled out the United States and Russia, which have by far the largest arsenals, for doing more for nuclear disarmament, as he expressed concern that nuclear states have backtracked on disarmament efforts and are upgrading and miniaturizing weapons. nuclear. “Please consider building a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Northeast Asia that would create a ‘non-nuclear umbrella’ rather than a ‘nuclear umbrella’ and would be a step in the direction of a nuclear-weapon-free world. “, Taue. he said while urging the government of Japan to do more to take measures for nuclear disarmament.
At 11:02 a.m., as the B-29 bomber dropped a plutonium bomb, the Nagasaki survivors and other participants in the ceremony observed a minute of silence to honor more than 70,000 lives lost.
The Aug. 9, 1945, bombing came three days after the United States carried out the world’s first atomic attack on Hiroshima, killing 140,000 people. Japan surrendered on August 15, ending World War II.
The mayor also called on Japan’s government and lawmakers to swiftly sign the 2017 Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty that came into effect in January.
Tokyo It renounces its own possession, production, or hosting of nuclear weapons, but as an ally of the United States, Japan is home to 50,000 American soldiers and is protected by the American nuclear umbrella. The post-WWII security agreement complicates the momentum for Japan to sign the treaty, as it strengthens its own armed forces and increases defense cooperation with other nuclear-armed states such as Great Britain and France, to deal with the threats from North Korea and China. among others.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that the security environment is harsh and world opinions are deeply divided on nuclear disarmament, and that mistrust needs to be eliminated by promoting dialogue and forming a mutual ground for discussion. .
Taue also called for substantial progress toward nuclear disarmament made at next year’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference, “beginning with greater steps by the United States and Russia to reduce nuclear weapons.”
He called on the Suga government to intensify and accelerate medical and assistance support for the elderly survivors of the atomic bombing, or hibakusha, whose average age is now over 83 years old. (AP)