Skip to comments.Japanese Defense Chief: Atomic Bombing 'Couldn't Be Helped'
Posted on 06/30/2007 7:49:10 AM PDT by weef
TOKYO Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma said the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan by the United States during World War II was an inevitable way to end the war, a news report said Saturday.
"I understand that the bombing ended the war, and I think that it couldn't be helped," Kyodo News agency quoted Kyuma as saying in a speech at a university in Chiba, just east of Tokyo.
Kyuma's remarks drew immediate criticism from Japanese atomic bomb survivors.
"The U.S. justifies the bombings saying they saved many American lives," said Nobuo Miyake, 78, director-general of a group of victims living in Tokyo. "It's outrageous for a Japanese politician to voice such thinking. Japan is a victim."
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Japan is the country that performed medical experiments on live prisoners of war. They used female prisoners as ‘’comfort women.’’ Japan got what it had coming. They were not innocent victims.
Nobuo Miyake, 78, director-general of a group of victims living in Tokyo. "It's outrageous for a Japanese politician to voice such thinking. Japan is a victim."
It's cr@p like that why .....
(never mind, I don't want to be banned.)
Japanese are an amazing island people. But no way did this hyperactive ant colony have enough people to subjugate Asia and take on the USA. By subjugate Asia I mean take over it’s oil and natural resources. Not to rule over all Asia
In the “secret history” (aka “tin foil hats”) community, there is some belief that Japs actually exploded their own nuke before the end of the war.
Have to wonder where they got the idea that they would be the size of a caramel candy, though; I think somebody misplaced a decimal point...
Germany did. Japan did not.
Hey just last week they denied that the rape of Nanking happened.
Aw, she was asking for it. Did you see how she was dressed?
By 1940, they had a pretty good start on it.
>> Japan also had an atomic bomb project. As did Germany.
And Japan set off “something” a few days after Nagasaki,
on an island off what is now North Korea. We probably
won’t know fer shure until PRK collapses, and the area
can be tested for residuals.
> But... but... we went into those places and didn’t find any WMDs!
Don’t be too sure. We wrecked a lot of Japanese nuke
stuff when the occupation began. Not sure all of it
was reported to the public.
The lack of an organization name made me curious as to who exactly this "Nobu Miyake" is. It turns out that he appears to be a lawyer located in the heart of Japan's government environs in Nagatacho. (Read "K Street" for the American equivalent. Interestingly enough, it appears from his biographical information that he also worked in Washington, D.C. at Mudge, Rose.)
Not to be cynical, but I would point out that when such a lawyer starts labelling "victims", it isn't always just out of touching concern for humanity.
The atomic bombs also saved many Japanese lives. The devastation and loss of life from an American invasion of the home islands would have been apocalyptic for Japan. I’d wager that most Japanese alike today would not have been if the bombings had not forced them to surrender.
Japan was the perp.
It's like the mother that cries foul when her son, in the midst of an armed robbery in a crowded store - taking aim at a former military man - was shot dead by said military man: "He was a good boy. He had no right to shoot him."
When it whittles down to the bottom line - i,e, thousands more are going to die. Will it be the attackers or the attacked?
In the Defense Chief's words, I see a glimmer of hope - just maybe people and countries can look at things objectively, learn from them and, thereby, take a tiny step forward in the annals of mankind, instead of incessantly having to repeat the lessons because they went unlearned
Dream on. He doesn't even have the balls to increase sanctions. The man has lost his gonads.
>>>>Japan is a victim<<<<
Don’t bring a Zero to a Nuclear Bomb fight.
1 plane 1 bomb accomplished what 350 B-29’s were already doing to Tokyo with the firebomb raids.
hey, just put the word ‘black’ in the line and Al and Jesse will be right on it
Further, what would the effect on Japan have been had the Soviets really entered the war against them?
Japan had better count their blessings. The war they started would have still been ended, but at far higher cost to them than was the case.
They featured an old Army guy who fought his way all accross the pacific ocean and somehow lived to tell the tale.
They asked him about the atomic bombing of Japan. I can still quote him word-for-word.
"It was a pay-back for Pearl Harbor. And I hope that those (long pause) little people remember it!"
>> Dream on. He doesn’t even have the balls to increase sanctions. The man has lost his gonads.
Agreed. The operative word here is, “dream”.
It saved many American *and* Japanese lives.
More than just 11 million - it is far more likely that the Allies would have been forced to all but exterminate the Japanese people, due to the fanatical nature of the culture at the time. Every man, woman, and child able to carry a weapon over there would have attacked us, and the slaughter would have been unbelievable.
If you don’t think so, just read some of their pre-war literature. The highest goal of most Japanese was to die honorably, and preferably in battle.
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