Hiroshima Memorial Day After 66 Years:6th of August 2011
It was the Hiroshima Memorial Day. According to Hiroshima city, about 50,000 people participated. At 8:15 they had a moment of silence. Outside of Japan, the representatives came for this memorial ceremony from 66 countries including the US, Russia, France, the UK and Israel.
The Mayor of Hiroshima city is Kazumi Matsui. He himself is the second generation of Hiroshima atomic bomb victim. At the ceremony he mentioned about the accident in Fukushima Daiichi and insisted that the government takes a new measure for alternative energy resources instead of nuclear generation.
After 66 years, yes, we still care about the 6th and the 9th of August. It´s on the top news every year. Especially this year, after the incidence of TEPCO in Fukushima, the protests against nuclear power from Hiroshima and Nagasaki were strong.
This is just my impression but as far as I see is, there is no hate towards whom dropped those atomic bombs. They are still suffering from the exposure to the radiation and hoping to be able to stop making nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants in the world.
My calligraphy teacher was born in Nagasaki. He was sent to China as an interpreter during the WWII and when the war ended, he came back to Japan by boat. The train to go back to Nagasaki went through Hiroshima.
He said "I was furious to see Hiroshima city like that. There was nothing left, all burnt. I cried in the train."
Then he arrived at Nagasaki which was more or less in the same condition. I´d never heard my teacher blaming the US but heard so many times him blaming the Japanese government for not caring their own people.
Today was the day to remember how unnecessary the nuclear is and to remind that we can live with other alternative power resources.