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“Full of courtesy, full of craft” -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rejects A-bomb survivor opposing “exercise of collective self-defense right” as difference of view

“Full of courtesy, full of craft” -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rejects A-bomb survivor opposing “exercise of collective self-defense right” as difference of view

As for see the speech of Mrs. Miyako Jodai, representative of A-bomb survivors, in Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony, please see this article.

Masatoshi Takeshita
August 11, 2014

English translation of the excerpt from a Japanese article: Back Story of Political Economy Not Reported by Mass Media – August 11, 2014 –

“Full of courtesy, full of craft” -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rejects A-bomb survivor opposing “exercise of collective self-defense right as difference of view

In the 69th Peace Memorial Ceremony to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, Mayor Tomihisa Taue said: “In the wake of debates about our country’s exercise of its right of collective self-defense, various opinions on how security as peaceful state should be have been exchanged.  Nagasaki has continued to cry, ‘No More Nagasaki’ and ‘No More War.’  The oath prescribed in the Japanese Constitution that Japan shall ‘renounce war’ is the founding principle for A-bombed nation Japan and A-bombed city Nagasaki.  A-bomb survivors have continued to appeal for peace by telling their own experiences.  However, the rushed debate over collective self-defense has risen to the fears and anxiety that this principle is wavering.  I urgently request that the Japanese government take serious heed of these distressed voices.”  In the peace memorial ceremony held in Hiroshima on August 6, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said: “The Japanese government should accept the full weight of the fact that the country has avoided war for 69 years thanks to the noble pacifism of the Japanese Constitution” but he didn’t directly mention the “acceptance to exercise the right of collective self-defense.”   In contrast with him, Mayor Taue made courageous remarks.

Even more impressively, Mrs. Miyako Jodai, 75, declared “an Oath to Peace” as representative of A-bomb survivors, in which she harshly criticized Prime Minister Shizo Abe.

“A-bombed nation Japan is obliged to take the initiative as a world leader.  However, I doubt that the current Japanese government is playing the role.  The drive to allow the country to exercise the right to collective self-defense is an outrageous move that treads on the spirit of the Constitution.  Does it mean that Japan will be allowed to make war and will be protected by force?  Production and export of weapons is the road to war.  History has proven that a war inevitably causes another war.  Please don’t threaten the future of young people and children.  Please don’t forget or deny A-bomb survivors’ sufferings.
In Fukushima, people who have not yet come home due to radiation contamination caused by the nuclear power plant accident are forced to live in temporary housing or be evacuated to other places.  Some parents and children, who are diagnosed with of childhood thyroid cancer, are frightened and suffer a lot.  Given the situation, is it allowed to restart the operation of nuclear power plants?  How to dispose of used nuclear fuel is unknown.  We should immediately discuss disposal methods and decommissioning reactors.”

In response to this, Prime Minister Abe gave an empty message, which seemed to be duplicated from the message given in the peace memorial ceremony held on August 9, 2013.  It has caused a booing from many Japanese.  In short, the words of Prime Minister Abe show that he is an example of “full of courtesy, full of craft” (which means that those who are good talkers and flatter anyone are less faithful and lack compassion for others, which is the most important virtue as human) and he has no cordiality.

I am surprised at the attitude of Prime Minister Abe showed when he listened to requests from five A-bomb survivors’ groups.  In an article “Collective self-defense right: Survivors ‘We don’t get it’ Prime Minister Abe ‘Different Opinions” of morning edition dated August 10, the Asahi reports as follows:

“On the occasion of request to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from five A-bomb Survivors’ groups, the main theme was collective self-defense.  He responded, saying “I am sure that we’ll the public’s understanding by making efforts to carefully explain (about the collective self-defense).  After the meeting, one of the A-bomb survivors spoke to him, saying “We don’t understand your explanation.”  The prime minister said with a straight face: “It’s a difference of view” and left the meeting place.  Sumiteru Taniguchi, Chairman of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivors Council, make a face, saying “the country has proceeded in a direction opposite to A-bomb survivors’ appeal since the inauguration of the Abe administration.”

If he keeps up this recklessness, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to say: “We don’t hesitate to possess nuclear weapons to deter war.”

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