Hiroshima and Fukushima

In what is described as the biggest disaster and challenge to the people of Japan in the post-war era, emperor Akihito has, interestingly enough, appeared on television for the first time to address his people. Reminding many of how emperor Hirohito spoke on the radio to his people for the first time on 15th August 1945 to announce that Japan was surrendering. Although Akihito spoke normal modern Japanese, Hirohito’s speech was in a Japanese so formal that it was unintelligible to ordinary Japanese – so much so, in fact, that they had to wait until his words were summed up by the broadcaster at the end before they understood anything.

Media are increasingly comparing the recent earthquake in Japan to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; sudden devastating disasters with high death tolls, unfathomable destruction, confusion and fear, as well as and the scare of intangible radioactivity.

Minamisariku today, Hiroshima 1945

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3 responses to “Hiroshima and Fukushima

  1. Sunshine

    Some people are worried that Japan i s going to disappear because of the threats that haunts them. Do you think that in some years, there will be no Japan, because the Japanes has fled the country ?

  2. I certainly don’t hope so! And I definately don’t think so either… Japan has been through much worse. And if we compare today with 1945, the scale is much less still.

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