The Japanese embassy in Seoul issued an official complaint against an editorial in the South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo which said that the 1945 US atomic bombings in Nagasaki and Hiroshima were "divine punishment" for the sins of Japan during World War II.
The Stone for Peace Association of Hiroshima, a citizen’s group based in one of the only two cities in the world that were victimized by nuclear warfare, presented the former Yugoslav autonomous region of Kosovo with a stone engraved with an image of the Buddhist goddess of mercy. The stone is an actual remnant from the 1945 atomic bombing that devastated Hiroshima, one of the paving stones for the streetcar tracks just 200m from ground zero.
Around 1,000 anti-nuclear activists started a three-month march towards Hiroshima on Monday, in a bid to get the public's attention in their call for the abolishment of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. Their target is to reach Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park by August 4, two days before the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.
The prefectural governments of Japan are backing solar power in a big way, fueling the push towards renewable energy sources. 17 prefectures across the nation either have a solar power facility, or are planning to build one – these local governments represent one-third of all prefectural governments in Japan. The solar power plants they are currently maintaining or planning to build will at least capable of generating at the very least 1,000 kilowatts (equal to 1 megawatt) of electricity, and in some cases, some prefectural governments are planning more than one facility.
As the World War II U.S. atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are quite inseparable from their legacies, Clifton Truman Daniel – President Harry Truman's grandson – said on Thursday that he plans to make good on his desire to write a book about A-bomb survivors in Japan. Daniel said that he is planning to travel to Japan with his son in June to interview and record the survivors' stories in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
We're pretty sure this is illegal in some parts of the world, but in Hiroshima, making babies cry is an annual event at the Nakizumo festival. Literally translated to "crying baby sumo", the event features student sumo wrestlers holding little babies and trying to be the first one to get them to cry, shouting Naki!Naki!Naki! (which obviously means, "Cry!")
Japan has still refused to sign an international joint statement calling nuclear weapons "inhumane" because of the document's wording that contradicts its policy of reliance on the U.S nuclear umbrella to protect its security interests. The statement was presented at the second session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, currently being held in Geneva.
In the final days of World War II, Japan designed a tank so advanced for its time in anticipation of the Allied invasion of home shores. The tank was named the Type 4 Chi-To, a main battle tank weighing 30 tons and sporting a 2.95-inch main gun – huge for its time. The tank would have been a formidable weapon to repel invading ground forces.
Hadashi no Gen ("Barefoot Gen") is probably one of the most well-known pieces of Japanese manga stories to ever come out of Japan's classic comic medium. The story is a semi-autobiographic play on the late author and artist Keiji Nakazawa’s experiences after surviving the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and the series ran in several magazines from 1973 to 1985. After his death in December 2012, the wife of the artist recently donated never before seen storyboard images of what is possibly a second part of the famous story.