Above 2015 action in the preparation for Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing Commemorations
Gensuikyo on the banner ....... "Japan Council Against Nuclear Weapons"
http://www.antiatom.org/english/ ......... Gensuikyo website
http://www.abolition2000.org/?p=3573 ........... News of Gensuikyo call to action to ban nuclear weapons
Read at 2:05pm on Sunday 5 August 2012
At The Peace Flame Garden
by Maria Van Der Meel,
The City Is Ours Incorporated
Below RE-TYPED COPY FROM THE ORIGINAL PDF FILE
The star on the original is gold and is signed in Japanese characters.
CITY OF NAGASAKI
August 5, 2012
Message from the Mayor
On behalf of the citizens of Nagasaki City, I would like to send a message of peace for the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day remembrance being held at the Botanic Garden in Wellington.
I would first, however, like to extend my appreciation for the people of Wellington and their continued participation and support in lasting peace activities.
At 11: 02 a.m. on August 9, 1945, Nagasaki was devastated by a single atomic bomb.
With 74,000 people killed instantly in the explosion and a further 75,000 who suffered injuries, Nagasaki fell into ruin.
Those who narrowly escaped death, were dealt terrible incurable physical and psychological wounds caused by the aftereffects of radiation that they still suffer from even today, 67 years later.
Nagasaki has continued to work on the abolition of nuclear weapons together with our citizens in order to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again.
However, more than 19,000 nuclear weapons still exist on the earth today.
I participated in the first Preparatory Committee meeting for the 2015 NTP Review Conference, which took place this May in Vienna and once again emphasised the inhumanity of nuclear weapons to the experts on nuclear disarmament, government representatives, and United Nations officials.
It is my goal that the people of the world come to fully understand that nuclear weapons and human beings cannot coexist.
Through the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day remembrance, I hope all the people gathered here today can help us work towards realizing a world free of nuclear weapons.
In closing I pray for the success of the event and all of your continued good health and well-being.
Mayor of Nagasaki
Since the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant began, I have wondered constantly, "What mistakes did we make, where did we make them, and why?" I have thought not just about factors directly related to the nuclear plant, such as its location or safety, but also about possible causes in our society or ways of thinking. One of them is the problem of myths.
The myth that nuclear plants are completely safe has crumbled because of the Fukushima plant disaster. However, Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been fighting with a different myth for over half a century: that the United States was justified in dropping the atomic bombs because they saved more lives than they took. Journalist Akira Naka shows that this myth is not based in fact in his book "Mokusatsu" (Ignore by silence), but it is nonetheless still vigorously propagated.
Even in America, when you present the facts, many people agree that nuclear bombs are immoral and should not have been used against Japan. That is exactly why Hiroshima and Nagasaki have steadily continued holding exhibits on the bombs around the world. This year, we will set up a new Hiroshima-Nagasaki corner at the United Nations Office in Geneva. We've also started a project where we're offering materials via the Internet so that anyone can set up a small A-bomb exhibit in places like community halls or schools.
Both Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and I were born after the war. It is precisely because we are in an age populated primarily by people who did not experience the war or the bombs that we, together with the few A-bomb survivors who remain, must spread the truth to prevent a repeat of past mistakes. (By Tomihisa Taue, mayor of Nagasaki)
(Mainichi Japan) August 8, 2011