Skip to comments.Japan Official Resigns Over A-Bomb Quip
Posted on 07/02/2007 9:48:33 PM PDT by james500
Japan's embattled defense minister resigned Tuesday over his comments suggesting the 1945 atomic bombings Hiroshima and Nagasaki were inevitable, news reports said. Fumio Kyuma had come under intense criticism from survivors of the bombing following the comments made over the weekend. He had apologized.
Broadcaster NHK and NTV carried news of the resignation.
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Guess political correctness runs amuck in Japan also.
At least he didn’t kill himself.
What’s Michael Kinsley’s old line...a politician makes a gaffe when he inadvertently speaks the truth?
Didn’t Yamamoto pretty much say the same thing right after Pearl Harbor?
“At least he didnt kill himself.”
The night is young.
Truth is illegal in Japan.
Yamamoto ...before Pearl Harbor ?
I think Seppuku is also illegal in Japan.
Tiger did you hear about this
It would have been difficult for Yamamoto Kantoku to specifically say that, since Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings did not occur until after his own death and way after Pearl Harbor.
Considering that Japan was developing an atomic weapon of their own, a nuclear bomb WAS inevitable.
It’s sad when speaking the truth costs you your job.
While Yamamoto may not have known the means, I’m sure he realized that in the end, it would be ugly for Japan.
:’) One of the top Japanese generals, maybe it was Yamamoto, said (after Pearl Harbor) that he feared that they had awakened a sleeping giant. Given the hideous treatment of captives (US, Chinese, etc) and occupied territories, had the US had more nukes and literally wiped Japan off the face of the Earth, the rest of the Orient would have spit on the bodies and cheered. By the time of the Hiroshima bomb, incendiary bombings had destroyed more than 40 Japanese cities. And even after the first Bomb, the Japanese didn’t surrender. Only after the Nagasaki bomb (and more incendiary bombings, if memory serves) did Hirohito inform his warlords that Japan would surrender. It took TWO nukes to convince him. Even then, a group of Japanese officers conspired to nab the Emperor at night, stop the prerecorded surrender broadcast from going out, and force Japan to fight on. Due to a US bomber run, electricity was shut down (precautionary measure), and the conspirators got lost in the dark of the palace. (’:
-—At least he didnt kill himself.-—
He was against the attack for strategic reasons even though he did the tactical planning.
I could be wrong ?
I was shocked to learn that Japan had gotten so far as to detonate their own A bomb in a test in North Korea when we dropped two on them...
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