survivor urges Trump to ponder from all-humanity perspective
Survivors of the wartime U.S. atomic bombings of Japan on
Saturday expressed concern about the prospects of nuclear disarmament
under new U.S. President Donald Trump, with one calling on him to
think from the perspective of all humanity, rather than repeat his
signature phrase of "America First."
Sunao Tsuboi, the 91-year-old head of the Japan Confederation of
A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organization, watched Trump give his
inauguration address in Washington live on TV and said, "While he
only talked about America first, I want him to think based on all
Touching on Trump's remarks seeming to suggest that Japan and
South Korea might need to obtain their own nuclear weapons during his
election campaign last year, Tsuboi said he thought, "What the hell?"
Trump, however, later denied suggesting that countries such as
Japan and South Korea should go nuclear.
Shigeaki Mori, a 79-year-old atomic-bomb survivor who was hugged
by former U.S. President Barack Obama in May last year at Peace
Memorial Park in the western Japanese city, said, "I wanted him
(Trump) to talk about U.S. nuclear policy from now and listen to a
more elegant speech."
Mori researched the fate of 12 American soldiers killed in the
nuclear bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, in the final phase of
World War II.
Sakue Shimohira, an 82-year member of the antinuclear movement
in Nagasaki, a southwestern Japanese city devastated by another
nuclear bomb three days after Hiroshima, said he does not expect
progress in nuclear disarmament under the Trump administration.
"I want him to make efforts so that nuclear weapons will not
increase at least," Shimohira said. (Jan. 21)