Posts Tagged ‘Nagasaki’

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Daily International News 08.09.11

August 9, 2011

Daily International News
August 9, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Nagasaki remembers A-bomb, US sends representative
[AP]
Japan to lift some nuclear evacuation advisories
[AP]
Japan Held Nuclear Data, Leaving Evacuees in Peril
[NYT]
LDP demands PM explain mysterious donations to political group
[Mainichi]
Koreas
North Korea says no way to opening up, or reform
[Reuters]
U.S. requests North Korea talks on war remains: report
[Reuters]
NKorea: Tropical storm causes casualties, damage
[AP]
China/Taiwan
Ai Weiwei resumes China criticism in Twitter messages
[BBC]
Defense Ministry says PLA’s operation in south China routine drill
[Xinhua]
China says it was targeted in 500,000 cyberattacks
[AP]
The first aircraft carrier hotel in China
[Xinhua]
China Inflation Quickening to 6.5% Limits Policy Response to Global Crisis
[Bloomberg]
Taiwan opposition says computers hacked by Chinese
[AP]
Taiwanese man sentenced on espionage charges
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Saudi beheading fuels backlash in Indonesia
[WaPo]
Indonesia’s Muhammad Nazaruddin arrested in Colombia
[BBC]
World Bank blocks Cambodia loans amid Boeung Kak row
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
With war crimes heat on, Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa goes to China
[Reuters]
Clashes erupt in Indian capital during anti-graft protest
[Reuters]
Obama pledges to press on in Afghan war
[Reuters]

Middle East
Syrian death toll rises as Arab states protest
[Guardian]
Syria calls on Turkey, Gulf countries to reconsider their stands: paper
[Xinhua]
Turkish foreign minister meets Syria’s Assad
[Al Jazeera]
Israel sends drones over Mediterranean gas fields
[AP]
Iraq’s Qaeda asks ex-fighters to return, threatens attacks
[Reuters]
Lebanon reports back to tribunal on Hariri probe
[Reuters]
Gunmen kill soldier in Yemen’s southern city Aden
[Reuters]

Africa
Rebels in captured town plan push towards Tripoli
[Reuters]
NATO dismisses report of Libyan civilian casualties in air strikes
[Xinhua]
Somalia famine: WFP begins 800-ton airlift of food
[AP]
Somalia offers al-Shabab amnesty
[Al Jazeera]

Europe
Further riots in London as violence spreads across England
[BBC]
UK PM recalls Parliament for London riot crisis
[AP]
Cargo plane crash kills 11 in Russian far east
[Reuters]

Domestic
Obama plan: Destroy Romney
[POLITICO]
Rick Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday
[POLITICO]
Bachmann brushes off ‘wild-eyed’ photo
[POLITICO]
Stock markets bounce ahead of Fed meeting
[LAT]
New curfew for Philly teens as mayor blasts flash mobs
[LAT]
Republican control at stake in Wisconsin recall elections
[LAT]

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Daily International News 08.05.11

August 5, 2011

Daily International News
August 5, 2011

Hiroshima Anniversary
From Hiroshima to Fukushima
[WSJ]
New A-bomb exhibits to highlight Hiroshima peace ceremony
[Xinhua]
In a switch, Japan’s A-bomb survivors turn against nuclear energy
[WaPo]
Revisiting Hiroshima, Nagasaki
[Korea Times]
Countdown to Hiroshima 66 Years Ago: Was the Bomb Necessary?
[HuffPo Blog]
Kucinich to speak at Commemoration of Hiroshima
[Kitsap Sun]

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan Detains Two China Ship Captains, May Rekindle Tensions
[Bloomberg]
Japan, China shut ports in path of powerful typhoon
[Reuters]
Nuke safety group OKs report saying chances of another Fukushima plant explosion are slim
[Mainichi]
Koreas
North Korea: 30 dead, thousands homeless in flood
[AP]
N. Korean vice foreign minister Kim leaves Beijing for home
[Kyodo]
Insight – North Korea leans on China to make economic zones work
[Reuters]
China
China may test run aircraft carrier on Sat.: Hong Kong report
[Kyodo]
Joe Biden to visit China, Japan, Mongolia
[Reuters]
China opposes Japan’s latest defense white paper
[Xinhua]
China relaxes birth restrictions for victim families of mudslide-hit county
[Xinhua]
Chinese Officials Seized and Sold Babies, Parents Say
[NYT]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Yingluck Shinawatra Is Elected Thai Prime Minister by Parliament
[NYT]
Philippine President Benigno Aquino meets Muslim rebels
[BBC]
Myanmar insurgents shoot 7 dead near Chinese-built power plants
[Kyodo]
Sri Lankan power-sharing talks near collapse
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Four Afghans killed as anti-NATO demonstration turns violent
[Reuters]

Middle East
Protest marches across Syria on first Ramadan Friday
[Reuters]
Second night of Israeli strikes on Gaza after rocket fire
[BBC]
Iran gives key oil role to a Revolutionary Guard on sanctions list
[LAT]

Africa
Libya denies report Gaddafi’s son Khamis killed by NATO
[Reuters]
Sudan ‘threatened to shoot UN helicopter’ in Abyei
[BBC]
Gunfire said to kill 7 as aid is looted in Somalia
[AP]
Shell faces $410M payout over Nigeria oil spills
[CNN]

Europe
Madrid ‘indignant’ protesters clash with riot police
[BBC]
Italy demands NATO probe regarding immigrants
[AP]
Ukraine’s ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko ‘taken into custody’
[BBC]
Amnesty warns Georgia over refugee evictions
[Reuters]

Americas
Brazil Defence Minister Nelson Jobim resigns [BBC]
Mexico town’s police force resigns over drug attacks
[BBC]
Chile marks year since mine collapse
[BBC]

Domestic
The top 8 foreign policy issues stuck in Congress
[FP]
Leon Panetta: No more defense cuts
[POLITICO]
Glamour Goes on the Road With Hillary
[Glamour]
U.S. Posts Stronger Job Gains Amid Fear
[NYT]
U.S. Stock Futures Rebound on Payrolls Data, Treasuries Fall
[Bloomberg]
Republicans Set Sights on Balanced Budget Amendment
[NYT]
Romney signs marriage pledge
[POLITICO]
If Rick Perry gets in, will Karl Rove be out?
[POLITICO]
Greens not friendless among House GOP
[POLITICO]
Shell Gets Tentative Approval to Drill in Arctic
[NYT]
For NASA, Return Trip to Jupiter in Search of Clues to Solar System’s Origins
[NYT]

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Daily International News 10.29.10

October 29, 2010

Happy (almost) Halloween!

Daily International News
October 29, 2010

International
UN summit poised to seal pact on biodiversity
[AFP]

POTUS Asia Trip
Obama to talk up jobs on India trip
[FT]
What Obama can accomplish in India
[WaPo]
Obama in India: A high-tech trade agreement could change the playing field
[Asia Sentinel]
Obama not visiting Hiroshima, Nagasaki during Japan trip: official
[Mainichi]

Northeast Asia
Koreas
North Korea troops ‘fire into South Korea’
[BBC]
DPRK accuses South Korea of rejecting dialogue, contact
[Xinhua]
From 10/27 Activist Tells of Torture in North Korea Prison [NYT]
High-Ranking North Korean Military Official to Arrive in Cuba on Thursday
[Cuba News Agency]
WH: North Korean leadership transition in early stages
[Reuters]

Japan/China
Japanese ship intercepts ballistic missile in test
[AP]
Japan and China island row flares at ASEAN summit
[BBC] and Japanese statements violate China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity [Xinhua]
China says no to Kan, Wen bilateral
[Reuters]
ASEAN to bring in US as counterbalance to China
[AP]
Upcoming G20 summit an unprecedented test of China’s diplomatic stance
[Mainichi]
Chinese court denounces awarding of Nobel prize
[AP]
Amid disputes, US seeks common ground with China
[AP]
Clinton Presses, Courts Beijing
[WSJ]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Burma court hears Suu Kyi appeal
[BBC]
Clinton: US will push for UN commission on Myanmar
[AP]
Singapore Tightens Trading Rules With Iran, North Korea
[WSJ]
Government considers relocations after Indonesian tsunami
[CNN]
Hobbit legislation passed in New Zealand
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Wikipedia to open first office outside the US in India
[BBC]
Pakistan flood food running out, warns UN
[BBC]
Russia, US collaborate in Afghan drug raid
[AP]

Middle East
Iran ready for nuclear talks after November 10
[Reuters]
Egypt’s FM: No breakthrough in Mideast talks
[AP]
Hezbollah calls for boycott of UN Hariri tribunal
[AP]
Turkish presidential reception challenges headscarf ban
[BBC]

Africa
Botched Sudan referendum could reignite war: report
[Reuters]
Somali Islamists Kill Two Girls Branded Spies
[NYT]
Obama urges ‘peaceful and transparent’ Ivory Coast vote
[AFP]

Europe
Eurozone jobless total rises above 10%
[FT]
David Cameron claims EU budget success
[BBC]
Minister: French troops may withdraw from Afghanistan in 2011
[CNN]
France firm on burqa ban despite bin Laden threat
[AP]
Reports: Russia’s Bulava test-fire a success
[AP]

Americas
Canada cuts ties with North Korea
[AFP]
9 policemen killed in ambush in western Mexico
[AP]
Cholera’s spread raises calls to stall the election
[Miami Herald]

Domestic
Halliburton Spill Liability May Rise on BP Well Report
[Bloomberg]
Jobless Likely to Shun Election That Is Focused on Their Plight
[Bloomberg]
US economic growth rate quickens
[BBC]
Newt Gingrich: Out of the wilderness and into the mix for 2012
[WaPo]
Michelle Rhee outspoken to the end of her tenure as D.C. schools chancellor
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 10.13.10

October 13, 2010

Daily International News
October 13, 2010

Northeast Asia
China
Norway slams restrictions on Nobel winner’s wife
[AP] and Chinese Nobel laureate’s wife slams ‘illegal house arrest’[AFP]
Former Chinese Officials Demand Media Freedom
[NYT] and  Chinese Communist elders issue free speech appeal [AP]
EPA: Hope for progress with China despite friction
[AP]
China court ‘hears first HIV job discrimination case’
[BBC]

Koreas
Experts meet ahead of naval drills in South Korea
[AP]
Former US envoy pessimistic on N.Korea nuclear weapons
[AFP]
N. Korean interpreter to six-party talks promoted in foreign ministry: source
[Yonhap]
Late top N. Korean defector to be buried at Seoul national cemetery
[Yonhap]
NKorea appeals underage ban from gymnastics worlds
[AP]
China warned N. Korea to leave Kim Jong Il’s eldest son alone: report
[Mainichi]

Japan
Japan has no plan to lodge protest over U.S. subcritical nuclear test
[Kyodo]
A-bomb survivors outraged at Obama over subcritical nuclear test
[Mainichi]

Southeast Asia
Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi ‘will not vote’
[BBC]
Thai police hold 15 Pakistanis, probe possible terror link
[AFP]

South/Central Asia
Gains in Afghan Training, but Struggles in War
[NYT]
Afghan firms “pay off Taliban with foreign cash”
[Reuters]
More Taliban could be removed from UN blacklist: US
[Dawn]
NATO: 4 service members killed in Afghan blast
[AP]
Pakistan flood damage at $9.5 billion
[Reuters]
Kyrgyzstan parties agree vote recount
[BBC]

Middle East
Israel could reconsider presence in Jordan Valley
[AP]
Opposition Mounts Against Abbas
[WSJ]
Ammunition explosion at Iranian Guards base kills 18
[WaPo]
Ahmadinejad begins Lebanon trip
[Al-Jazeera] and Ahmadinejad boosts Hezbollah with Lebanon visit [AP]
Assad tells visiting Maliki new Iraq govt will help ties
[AFP]

Africa
Sudan FM says ‘won’t object’ to independence vote
[AP]
Sudan: UN-Backed Demobilization Process Kicks Off in South
[All Africa]
Tsvangirai asks international help in Zimbabwe ‘constitutional crisis’
[CNN]
Nigerian military deploys to northern city
[AP]
S.Africa eyes competitive FX rate ‘over time’: Finance Minister
[Reuters]

UK/Europe
EU to accept extension of Kyoto Protocol
[Mainichi]
Britain and Russia urge thaw after deep freeze in ties
[Reuters]
Miliband urges PM to rethink benefit cuts on debut
[BBC]
Royal Mail privatisation bill unveiled by Vince Cable
[BBC]
Liverpool granted leave to sell to new owners
[BBC]

Americas
And on the 69th day, one by one the Phoenix capsule delivers trapped miners
[MercoPress]
Mexican police chief investigating missing American killed
[BBC]

Domestic
Judge Orders U.S. Military to Stop ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
[NYT]
Defendant in Court for Hearing at Ft. Hood
[NYT]
White House lifts ban on deepwater drilling
[WaPo] and
Michelle Rhee to announce resignation as D.C. schools chancellor on Wednesday
[WaPo]
California governor debate turns into verbal brawl
[Reuters]
Obama Distant Kin to Palin, Limbaugh, Bush, Ancestry.com Says
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 08.09.10

August 9, 2010

Daily International News
August 9, 2010

NE Asia
Koreas
North Korea Seizes South Korean Boat Near Border
[NYT]
N. Korea offers no words on seized S. Korean fishing boat
[Yonhap]
NKorea fires artillery off west coast
[AP]
Talks Set to Resume Between US, North Korean Military
[VOA]

South Korea’s President Reshuffles Cabinet
[NYT]
Will Lee remain tough on North Korea?
[Korea Times]

China/Japan
1,300 missing in China amid widespread Asia floods
[AP]
In Crackdown on Energy Use, China to Shut 2,000 Factories [NYT]
Japan marks Nagasaki atomic bomb attack of 1945
[BBC]

SE Asia
Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir in terror arrest
[BBC]
Concerned about China’s rise, Southeast Asian nations build up militaries
[WaPo]

Quiet ceremonies mark bloody anniversary in Myanmar
[WashTimes]
Philippines DFA chief: Without the opposition, Myanmar polls a farce
[GMA News]

Central/South Asia
Pakistan flood crisis bigger than tsunami, Haiti: UN
[Dawn]
Last 2 foreign dead in Afghan murders identified
[AP]
Indian govt takes legal action in Mumbai oil spill case; PM calls for report
[Press Trust Of India]

Middle East
Israeli PM: Turkey looked for a fight on ship
[AP]

Israeli held in Libya returns home after release
[AP]
Saudi Arabia and BlackBerry agree deal to avert a ban on the smartphone
[Guardian]
08/08 At least 8 dead in multiple Iraq bombings [CNN]

Africa
U.N. Back to Somalia After 17 Years
[NYT]
Rwandan president expected to win election handily
[AP]
Campbell said Taylor gave her diamond – Farrow
[Reuters]
Sudan suspends BBC Arabic on FM radio
[BBC]

Europe
German mosque used by Sept. 11 attackers shut down
[AP]
BP oil spill response costs hit $6.1 bln
[AFP]
Record heat wave and fires prompt Moscow to open relief centers
[WaPo]
From 08/08 Russian president visits breakaway Abkhazia [CNN]

Americas
Obama May Ease U.S. Travel to Cuba Even If Congress Won’t Act
[Bloomberg]
From 08/07 Fidel Castro addresses parliament after four-year gap [BBC]
Chavez to meet with Colombia’s new president
[AP]
From 08/08 Groups of Mexican federal police clash over allegations [CNN]

Domestic
First woman to head major US intelligence agency
[AP]

Obama to Tout Education Efforts
[WSJ]
Obama gets to test his game against hoops greats
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 08.06.10

August 6, 2010

Daily International News
August 6, 2010

Northeast Asia

Japan
Japanese tanker damaged by terrorist attack, says UAE coast guard
[The National]

Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Attacks Call for Nuclear-Free World
[ABC]
US attends first Hiroshima atomic bomb anniversary
[BBC]
Witness – My Japanese grandparents’ silence over the A-bomb
[Reuters]

China/Taiwan
Kadeer Editorial: China’s Uighur Oppression Continues
[WSJ]

Chinese mainland and Taiwan agree to resume suspended flights
[Xinhua]
China flood fears along North Korea border
[BBC]
China Foxconn factory confirms another worker death
[BBC]

Koreas
N.Korean leader’s son to join party leadership
[AFP]

Editorial: Terror list conundrum over North Korea
[Asia Times]
SKorea: Afghan guards faked attack on SKorean base
[AP]

SE Asia/Pacific
Cambodia to sign deal with Iran
[Straits Times]

Indonesia volcano spews lava, gas; 4 feared dead
[AP]
Philippines airport bomb kills two, wounds governor
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Flood relief flights grounded in Pakistan
[AP]
Flash floods kill 103 in Indian-held Kashmir
[AP]
Anger at Zardari Grows as Pakistan Battles Floods
[NYT]
‘Coalition forces deeply regret civilian loss of life’
[The International News]
India hints at Pakistan role in Kashmir unrest
[Reuters]

Middle East
Saddam Hussein deputy Tariq Aziz calls for US forces to stay in Iraq
[Guardian]
Iranian Lawyer, Seeking Asylum, Surfaces in Turkey
[WSJ]
Saudi Arabia begins Blackberry ban, users say
[BBC]

Africa
Rwanda: South Africa Recalls Ambassador
[All Africa]
Naomi Campbell’s “dirty” diamonds given to South Africa police
[Reuters]

Europe
Poland’s new pro-European president is sworn in
[AP]
Lockerbie Release Flawed
[WSJ]

Russia, Crippled by Drought, Bans Grain Exports
[NYT]
Planes diverted, offices close as Moscow chokes
[Reuters]
Italy PM to seek Sept confidence vote, resign if loses
[Reuters]

UK
David Cameron and Pakistan’s Asif Ali Zardari show united front on terrorism
[Guardian]
70 peers back David Miliband for Labour leadership
[Guardian]
Watchdog asked to investigate claims Nick Clegg misled parliament
[Guardian]
Sinn Féin to hold talks with political wing of Real IRA
[Guardian]

Americas
Wyclef Jean says he will run for president of Haiti
[CNN]
Cuba demands removal from U.S. terror list
[McClatchy]

Domestic
Economy sputters as companies add only 71,000 jobs in July
[WaPo]
Kagan to Be Sworn in as 112th Court Justice Tomorrow
[Bloomberg]

Romer Resigns in Second Exit for Obama Economy Team
[Bloomberg]
Military ordered to stay off WikiLeaks
[WashTimes]

Unanimous Senate OKs $600M for border
[WashTimes]
AP Exclusive: CIA whisked detainees from Gitmo
[AP]

AP Exclusive: New al-Qaida leader knows US well
[AP]
Obama Fed Pick Diamond Referred Back to White House by Senate
[Bloomberg]
US envoy: Climate talks slipping backward
[AP]

Opponents of same-sex marriage to file appeal in California case
[CNN]

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Daily International News 08.05.10

August 5, 2010

Daily International News
August 5, 2010

East Asia
S. Korea holds anti-submarine drills near western sea border
[Yonhap]
Report: US to sell Taiwan decommissioned warships
[AP]
Chinese missile could shift Pacific power balance
[AP]
Workers Question China’s Account of Oil Spill
[NYT]
UN chief in Nagasaki calls for nuclear disarmament
[AP]
US, nuclear powers to attend Hiroshima memorial
[AP]
U.S., Hanoi in Nuclear Talks
[WSJ]
Military shakeup could derail Thai peace moves
[Reuters]

AfPak
Karzai Targets Two U.S.-Backed Task Forces
[WSJ]
Petraeus establishes new rules of conduct for Western forces in Afghanistan
[LAT]
Suicide bomber kills 7 Afghan police in north
[AP]
Pakistan floods head south after devastating trail
[Reuters]
Assassination of key U.S. ally adds to Pakistan’s crises
[WaPo]

Middle East
AP Exclusive: Iran defiant in nuclear documents
[AP]
Iran sees regional alliance to counter NATO
[Reuters]
Iran publishes new Holocaust-denying website
[AP]
UN: Israel did not cross border
[Al Jazeera]
Israel returns Turkish aid ships seized near Gaza
[Reuters]
Israel indicts 3 Arabs on espionage charges
[AP]
Egypt admits rocket attack from its own soil
[AP]
Illicit liquor trade uncovered in Dubai
[Gulf News]

Africa
Sudan’s Bashir in Libya to meet Kadhafi
[AFP]
Rwanda government denies link to assassinations
[BBC]
Naomi Campbell tells Taylor trial of ‘dirty stones’
[BBC]
Kenyan voters back new constitution
[Al Jazeera]

Europe
Medvedev sacks officers over Russia fire failures
[BBC]
Greece makes ‘strong start’ in cutting debt, IMF says
[BBC]
Chechen rebel leader revokes resignation
[AP]

Domestic
Ruling against Prop. 8 could lead to federal precedent on gay marriage
[LAT]
Google, Verizon Said to Have Web Deal as U.S. Talks Continue
[Bloomberg]
Geithner Sees No Evidence Tax Cuts Pay for Themselves
[Bloomberg]
‘Static kill’ of oil well deemed a success; gulf waters begin clearing
[WaPo]
Obama Returns to Illinois to Stump for Democrat Amid Scandals
[Bloomberg]

Americas
Canadian accused of buying weapons for al-Qaeda freed
[BBC]
Fidel Castro set to address Cuba national assembly
[BBC]
Panama ‘serial killer’ case: more bodies recovered
[BBC]

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POST: Manhattan Project Implications on Japanese Politics

September 2, 2009

Last night I watched a very interesting documentary on the eagerness of one nation’s race to achieve a nuclear program, for the sole and (later) express purpose of delivering a viable nuclear weapon.

But this nation was not Iran or North Korea, or the former Soviet Union or India. It was the United States.

I realized, as I sifted through Netflix‘s “instant play” documentaries (the new not-so-guilty pleasure of my nights spent at home) that my knowledge and background concerning the experimentation and invention behind the first viable nuclear program – our own – was embarrassingly low.

The 50-minute program, from the History Channel’s Modern Marvels series, was surprisingly enlightening for such a short program. Beginning from the Nazi German scientists who first discovered uranium fission, continuing onto the newly arrived European scientists to America who assisted in the experimentation project, and even delving into the technical side of how fission occurs and why both plutonium and uranium were used and how, the documentary was extremely thorough. It also brought to light the immediate implications for the Project – socially, politically, and militarily.

J. Robert Oppenheimer, Professor. H. D. Smythe, General Nichols, and Glen Seaborg look at a snapshot of the atomic blast on Hiroshima in 1946. Oppenheimer was later stripped of his security clearance due to apparent "Communist sympathies."

J. Robert Oppenheimer, Professor. H. D. Smythe, General Nichols, and Glen Seaborg look at a snapshot of the atomic blast on Hiroshima in 1946. Oppenheimer was later stripped of his security clearance due to apparent "Communist sympathies."

The documentary spoke of the Project’s controversial legacy – as mankind’s self-created means to self-destruction, some saw it as the harbinger of nuclear winter and an embarrassment to the gentler side of the human spirit. Over 100 Manhattan Project scientists even signed a petition to require testing Little Boy before he was dropped on Hiroshima, an impossible demand considering they only had enough U-235 for one bomb. The documentary failed to mention that even after the bombs were dropped, another petition was issued that stated “We [the scientists of Metallurgical Laboratory in Chicago] feel, however, that such attacks on Japan could not be justified.” But, there are those who ardently support the opposite. Edward Teller, a Hungarian-American theoretical physicist and one of the Manhattan Project scientists who also helped engineer the Hydrogen Bomb, stated that he feels no regret over his part in the creation of the bombs. Citing America’s continued pursuit of peace and equality, he sees no other country better suited for the acquisition of such a responsibility.

But the implication of the Project and the two powerful destructive events it precipitated, unnamed in the documentary, and extremely salient after this weekend’s Japanese elections, is the continuing pacifist nature of Japanese political and ‘military’ affairs. Even though it was “no Obama moment,” this weekend’s landslide victory of the Democratic Party of Japan to Japan’s Lower House is important. Contrary to the increasingly militaristic (by their standards) half-a-century reign of the LDP in Japanese politics, the DPJ wants to back peddle on their military commitments in the region, especially those tied to the U.S. war machine. Some think this could complicate U.S. East Asian policy. But today, the DPJ President and PM-designate Yukio Hatoyama made clear that he does not wish to alienate the U.S., but wishes to create a more Asia-focused Japan policy that shies away from further ties to U.S. military commitments (see Futenma and Afghanistan refueling agreements).

The DPJ’s wish to renegotiate these agreements, however unlikely to happen, underscores the continued importance of the Manhattan Project and the nuclear arms race’s influences on Japanese society and politics. However much trouble it will or will not cause among the Japan and U.S. in coming months is unimportant compared to the DPJ sticking to its pacifist convictions and upholding a non-agressive stance that, I believe, will become the ideal for humanist, dignified states in the future.