Today, August 6th, 2013, marks the 68th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. This date is far more than an anniversary of a single event – it is both an annual reminder of the challenges and divergent priorities facing Japan, as well as a stark reminder of the dark side of increasing human potential.
50,000 people attended the ceremony in Hiroshima’s Peace Park, among them being ambassadors from nuclear powers the United States, Britain, and Pakistan. Japanese Prime Ministers Shinzo Abe pledged that, as the world’s sole country to have suffered through nuclear attacks, Japan has a responsibility to work towards a world without nuclear weapons. This could be slightly welcome news for many who feared that Abe’s recent electoral victory would unleash more hawkish policies and postures. Continue reading