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Pay no attention to that radiological disaster behind the curtains

The government of Japan is clearly intending that the 2020 Olympics will function as a public relations win in which the image of Japan, and especially of Northern Japan and Fukushima are cleansed of images of radiological contamination. Even as the Fukushima Daiichi site itself, and the traces where the plumes of its explosions deposited fallout throughout the area remain un-remediated, the public perceptions will be remediated. This is typical of the behavior of governments in the developed

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Trisha Pritikin talks about growing up in the shadow (and plumes) of Hanford

Trisha Pritikin is a native of Richland, Washington, the bedroom community for the professional class employees of the Hanford plutonium production facility of the US government in Eastern Washington. Hanford is where the first nuclear power plants on Earth were built in the 1940s. These plants were built to manufacture plutonium for the Manhattan Project, and subsequently for the bulk of the US nuclear arsenal throughout the Cold War. The production of plutonium, and specifically the

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August 6th Morning in Hiroshima

Here are photos from this morning in front of the A-Bomb Dome here in Hiroshima. The ceremony inside the Peace Park is very calm and sombre. However, at the A-Bomb Dome, which is technically outside of the park, it is always much more contentious and full of conflict and activity. There are always speakers talking about peace issues, criticizing the Abe government, arguing against nuclear power and weapons, and also there are always right wingers screaming at the peace activists, and Buddhist

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Unbearable Heat in Hiroshima as August 6th Approaches

This has been a summer of disasters here in Hiroshima. The horrible rains and mudslides that killed so many a few weeks ago gave way to an unbearable heat wave that has also killed many and has been making moving around in town quite difficult. Forecasts for Monday, the anniversary of the nuclear attack here, are for very high heat and UV, 37 degrees Celsius (98 Fahrenheit). The ceremony starts filling up with people at about 7 am with the anniversary of the moment of the nuclear detonation

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Asian Journal of Peacebuilding Special Issue: Transforming Violence into Peace through Education

A special issue of the Asian Journal of Peacebuilding that I co-edited with Soonjung Kwon is now available both in print, and online. The journal is published by the Institute of Peace and Unification Studies of Seoul National University. Here is the table of contents:As you can see, there are many articles about the practice of peace education in many different regions of the world, where educators are facing a diversity of challenges to teaching peace in both a global, and especially in a

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Hi-Roshimon: What We See When We Look at Hiroshima

What we see when we look at Hiroshima and Nagasaki depends on who we are, and where we are gazing from.,Some people see a humane use of a weapon of mass destruction whose use "ended the war" and "saved lives." Some people see a place of sorrow and mourning. For those who live here, we see home, work, friends, we see the same normal place anyone sees when they go about their day.Recently I published a book chapter on this topic in the wonderful book The unfinished atomic bomb: Shadows and

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Relocating Hiroshima to America in 1948

A reprint edition of John Hersey's 1946 classis Hiroshima by Bantam Books had the following cover:This astonishing graphic was done by artist Geoffrey Biggs (1908-1971). The book included this statement about the cover:"When Geoffrey Biggs, a master of shadow and light technique in art, brought in his startling illustration for the cover of Hiroshima, everyone wated to know: 'Where'd you get those people...why those two?'Biggs said he thought back to that August morning in a certain big

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Ágota Duró on (belated) Medical Assistance for Korean Atomic Bomb Survivors by Japanese Doctors and Civil Society

A new research article has been published by Dr. Ágota Duró at the Asia-Pacific Journal (JapanFocus). Duró recently recieved her PhD from Hiroshima City University in Peace Studies, and (full disclosure) I was her doctoral supervisor. This article is drawn from her dissertation which focused on Japanese civil society support for the rights and welfare of Korean hibakusha. There were tens of thousands of Koreans who experienced the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasakai, and it is only in

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Imagining a Nuclear World War Two in Europe: Preparing US Troops for the Battlefield Use of Nuclear Weapons

I have a new article on this in print, you can read it here.In the 1950s the US Army prepared troops to participate in a nuclear war against the Soviet Union in Europe. While the Strategic Air Command had elaborate plans to attack the Soviet Union and its assets with large nuclear weapons, the Army had only tactical nuclear weapons. It anticipated fighting the Soviet Union in battles fought very much like those of World War Two, simply with the larger, nuclear weapons added to its arsenal.To

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The United States Stored Nuclear Weapons on a Boat Anchored Just Off the Iwakuni Base in Japan for Decades

One of the biggest bombshells in the Daniel Elsberg's new book, The Doomsday Machine, was that the U.S. stored significant numbers of nuclear weapons on a ship anchored off the coast of Japan near the Iwakuni Base for decades.“However, in early 1960 I was told in great secrecy by a nuclear control officer in the Pacific that one small Marine air base at Iwakuni in Japan had a secret arrangement whereby its handful of planes with general war missions would get their nuclear weapons very quickly

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