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Japan minister in atom bomb row

The nuclear bombs dropped by the United States on Japan in 1945 were the inevitable way to end World War II, Japan's defence minister has said.
"I think it was something that couldn't be helped," said Fumio Kyuma in a speech at a university east of Tokyo.

His comments sparked outrage from survivors of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The minister, who represents Nagasaki in parliament, said later that he was expressing the US view of events.

In his speech, he said the US must have thought the bombs "could prompt Japan's surrender, thus preventing the Soviet Union from declaring war against Japan".

Japanese leaders rarely comment on the use of the atom bomb against Japan for fear of damaging ties with the US.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played down Mr Kyuma's speech, saying it bore no effect on "Japan's important role of seeking abolition of nuclear weapons".

But Nagasaki survivor Terumi Tanaka, 75, said Mr Kyuma's comments were "outrageous".

"He must know hundreds of thousands of people died, and died in terrible agony," she was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

"He is from Nagasaki, and I'm ashamed of him as a person from the same prefecture."

The row comes ahead of upper house elections on 29 July in which Mr Abe's party is facing dwindling public support.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6256840.stm


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  • wgeorgew: "
    MikL0: "this article seems like there really wasn't any other choice. but of course there always are other choices than nuking millions of civil lifes."
    Wasn't WWII all about destroying entire cities of the opposing force? The Brits did it to Germany Germany did it to the Brits. (bombing the shit out of London)... it was back and forth... America got into it and REALLY DID IT to the Japanese.. brutal yes..

    the thing must be, if your country is at war with mine, More..
    I think technically and factually germany got raped in the civilian bombing campaigns..

    Because according to records the total dead british from german bombings is around 100,000 or so

    total dead from BRITISH bombing is like 400-500 thousand

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  • this article seems like there really wasn't any other choice. but of course there always are other choices than nuking millions of civil lifes.

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  • dont forget what the japs also did to the chinese and the philipinos.theyre just pisse doff now cause no one cares about them...their irelevent, their economy is fucked, unless they can build weapons again, theyre screwed..and china wants revenge too, i dont blame them ..

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  • validator: "And the millions of innocent civilians throughout Southeast and East Asia who died at the hands of Japanese, in an imperial invasion and brutal occupation of many free nations.


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    yes- like Iraq...

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  • if they didn't want a war...they never should have started one...

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  • "...the only thing to fear-is fear itself"

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  • vikingwarrior: "
    validator: "And the millions of innocent civilians throughout Southeast and East Asia who died at the hands of Japanese, in an imperial invasion and brutal occupation of many free nations.


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    yes- like Iraq..."
    Comparing iraq to what the japanese did is well rather ignorant..

    Japan had subjugated korea for over 30 years Not allowing them to even cook their own ethnic foods and forcing girls into slavery.

    Testing bio weapons on chinese and others i More..

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  • boehm: "dont forget what the japs also did to the chinese and the philipinos.theyre just pisse doff now cause no one cares about them...their irelevent, their economy is fucked, unless they can build weapons again, theyre screwed..and china wants revenge too, i dont blame them .."
    You can't be serious. Japanese economy is great actually. They are 3rd in line to the largest purchasing power and 2nd largest in market exchange rates. They beat Australia. They beat any nation in Europe. A More..

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  • MikL0: "this article seems like there really wasn't any other choice. but of course there always are other choices than nuking millions of civil lifes."
    Wasn't WWII all about destroying entire cities of the opposing force? The Brits did it to Germany Germany did it to the Brits. (bombing the shit out of London)... it was back and forth... America got into it and REALLY DID IT to the Japanese.. brutal yes..

    the thing must be, if your country is at war with mine, WE WILL destroy More..

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  • MikL0: "this article seems like there really wasn't any other choice. but of course there always are other choices than nuking millions of civil lifes."
    There is an alternative choice..........don't fu%k with the United States or it's interests.

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  • There shouldn't be any pretexts to use atomic bomb.
    I think, Americans who make excuses for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, have no rights to say anything even if nuclear bombs were dropped on their own country.

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  • purelife: "There shouldn't be any pretexts to use atomic bomb.
    I think, Americans who make excuses for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, have no rights to say anything even if nuclear bombs were dropped on their own country."
    Americans need make no 'excuses' for using atomic bombs on Japan. The guilt-mongers who condemn the bombings proceed as though the US decided one fine afternoon to obliterate two cities out of callous cruelty. Looking at the situation at the time, and the responsibiliti More..

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  • People don't like the truth. The reality is that the Bombs saved millions of American AND Japanese lives.

    Don't start wars if you can't handle losing them. It's a simple rule.

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  • The bomb actually saved lives--- The death toll that was being calculated in the event of an american invasion is rediculously high

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  • japan bombed Hawaii with civilians on it whats diff ?

    sneak atk destroying billions billions of dollar equipment and so many dead WHATS THE DIFF

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  • Japan is quite lucky, the United States was contemplating, yes even had plans to totally destroy the people of Japan.
    With not just atom bombs but chemicals and biological warfare.
    Japan is just fortunate that Hirohito did surrender.
    America of the 1940's Pearl Harbor generation wanted all Japanese to die, die, die.
    As did Korea, Britain, China and Australia.
    Along with most of the victims of Japanese invasions all over the pacific.
    Japan was very fortunate.
    so, quit bitchin' about atom b More..

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  • Maybe if they didnt commit a sneak attack we wouldnt have used them but again the estimated death toll from invasion would have been far worse for both nations

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  • They were completely deserving of complete and utter destruction. Read some stories of Japanese atrocities.

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