ಟೋಕಿಯೊ: ‘ವಿಶ್ವದ ಪ್ರಬಲ ಶಕ್ತಿಗಳು ಪರಮಾಣು ಶಸ್ತ್ರಾಸ್ತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ನಾಶಪಡಿಸಬೇಕು’ ಎಂದು ನಾಗಾಸಾಕಿ ಮೇಯರ್ ಶಿರೋ ಸುಜುಕಿ ಬುಧವಾರ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಆಗ್ರಹಿಸಿದರು.
ನಾಗಾಸಾಕಿ ಮೇಲೆ ಅಮೆರಿಕದ ಪರಮಾಣು ಬಾಂಬ್ ಸ್ಫೋಟದ ದಾಳಿಗೆ 78 ವರ್ಷ ತುಂಬಿದ್ದರಿಂದ ಬುಧವಾರ ನಡೆದ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದ ಅವರು ‘ಇದೀಗ ಧೈರ್ಯವನ್ನು ತೋರಿಸುವ ಮತ್ತು ಪರಮಾಣು ಪ್ರತಿರೋಧದ ಅವಲಂಬನೆಯಿಂದ ಮುಕ್ತವಾಗುವ ನಿರ್ಧಾರವನ್ನು ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಸಮಯ ಬಂದಿದೆ’ ಎಂದು ಶಾಂತಿ ಘೋಷಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರು ಹೇಳಿದರು.
‘ರಷ್ಯಾದ ಪರಮಾಣು ಬೆದರಿಕೆ ಇತರೆ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಗಳು ಸಹ ತಮ್ಮ ಪರಮಾಣು ಶಸ್ತ್ರಾಸ್ತ್ರಗಳ ಸಾಮರ್ಥ್ಯ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ದಾರಿ ಮಾಡಿದೆ. ಪರಮಾಣು ಯುದ್ಧದ ಅಪಾಯ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸಿದೆ’ ಎಂದರು.
‘ಉಕ್ರೇನ್ ಮೇಲೆ ರಷ್ಯಾ ನಡೆಸಿರುವ ಯುದ್ಧದಿಂದ ಉದ್ವಿಗ್ನತೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂಘರ್ಷ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿದ್ದು, ಪರಮಾಣು ಮುಕ್ತ ಪ್ರಪಂಚದ ಹಾದಿ ಕಠಿಣವಾಗಿದೆ’ ಎಂದು ಜಪಾನ್ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ಫುಮಿಯೊ ಕಿಷಿಡ ತಮ್ಮ ವಿಡಿಯೊ ಸಂದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
Cut-off box - Nagasaki marks 78th anniversary of atomic bombing with mayor urging world to abolish nuclear weapons Tokyo Aug 9 (AP) Nagasaki marked the 78th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city Wednesday with the mayor urging world powers to abolish nuclear weapons saying nuclear deterrence also increases risks of nuclear war. Shiro Suzuki made the remark after the Group of Seven industrial powers adopted a separate document on nuclear disarmament in May that called for using nuclear weapons as deterrence. “Now is the time to show courage and make the decision to break free from dependence on nuclear deterrence” Nagasaki Mayor Shiro Suzuki said in his peace declaration Wednesday “As long as states are dependent on nuclear deterrence we cannot realise a world without nuclear weapons.” Russia's nuclear threat has encouraged other nuclear states to accelerate their dependence on nuclear weapons or enhance capabilities further increasing the risk of nuclear war and that Russia is not the only one representing the risk of nuclear deterrence Suzuki said. The United States dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6 1945 destroying the city and killing 140000 people. A second attack three days later on Nagasaki killed 70000 more people. Japan surrendered on August 15 ending World War II and its nearly half-century of aggression in Asia. At 11.02 am the moment the bomb exploded above the southern Japanese city participants at the ceremony observed a moment of silence with the sound of a peace bell. Suzuki expressed concern about the tragedy being forgotten as time passed and memories fade. Survivors have expressed frustration about the slow progress of disarmament while the reality of the atomic bombing and their ordeals are not yet widely shared around the world. The concern comes after widespread reaction to social media posts about the “Barbenheimer” summer blitz of the “Barbie” and “Oppenhheimer” movies that triggered outrage in Japan. The combination of “Barbie” and a biography of J Robert Oppenheimer — who helped develop the atomic bomb — sparked memes including of mushroom clouds. The craze was seen as minimising the ghastly toll of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings. Suzuki whose parents were hibakusha or survivors of the Nagasaki attack said knowing the reality of the atomic bombings is the starting point for achieving a world without nuclear weapons. He said the survivors' testimonies are a true deterrence against nuclear weapons use. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida who did not attend the memorial in person acknowledged in his video message that the path toward a nuclear-free world has grown tougher because of rising tensions and conflicts including Russia's war on Ukraine. Also weighing on the disarmament movement is a deeper division in the international community. Kishida who represents Hiroshima in parliament has sought to showcase the G7 commitment to nuclear disarmament but has angered the survivors for justifying nuclear arms possession for deterrence and for refusing to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Suzuki demanded Kishida's government and national lawmakers quickly sign and ratify the treaty and attend the upcoming meeting as an observer “to clearly show Japan's resolve to abolish nuclear weapons.” As Washington's ally Japan is under the US nuclear umbrella and seeks stronger protection as the allies reinforce security cooperation to deal with threats from China and North Korea's nuclear and missile advancement. Under its new national security strategy Kishida's government is pushing for a military buildup focusing on strike capability. As of March 113649 survivors whose average age is 85 are certified as hibakusha and eligible for government medical support according to the Health and Welfare Ministry. Many others including those known as victims of the “black rain” that fell outside the initially designated areas are still without support. (AP) FZH