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Mondo NaGaSaKi– Documentary Video on Hiroshima-Nagasaki Bombings Aftermath.

“Once presented, the facts will speak for themselves.” — Helen Caldicott, Nuclear Madness

The film examines of the uses of atomic bomb blast footage. It unearths footage long suppressed from the National Archives that shows Japanese victims of the blasts suffering weeks after the bombs had hit. It retells the experience of Japanese documentary Film-maker Akira Iwasaki.
Music by WWI. Mondo NaGaSaKi.
Producer: James Andrew Wagstaff.
Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States.

-According to the U.S. Department of Energy the immediate effects of the blast killed approximately 70,000 people in Hiroshima.
-Estimates of total deaths by the end of 1945 from burns, radiation and related disease, the effects of which were aggravated by lack of medical resources, range from 90,000 to 166,000.
-Some estimates state up to 200,000 had died by 1950, due to cancer and other long-term effects.
– Another study states that from 1950 to 2000, 46% of leukemia deaths and 11% of solid cancer deaths among bomb survivors were due to radiation from the bombs, the statistical excess being estimated to 94 leukemia and 848 solid cancers.
-At least eleven known prisoners of war died from the bombing.

“As far as his (Albert Einstein) own life was concerned, one thing seemed quite clear. ‘I made one great mistake in my life,’ he said to Linus Pauling, who spent an hour with him on the morning of November 11, 1954, ‘…when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made; but there was some justification – the danger that the Germans would make them.'”.
~Ronald Clark, Einstein: The Life and Times, pg. 620.


I Salute You Japan

I see
It’s hunger
It’s cold
It’s homelessness
It’s radiation

I feel
It’s tough
It’s rough
It’s uncertain
It’s Hell

I watch
You’re calm
You’re brave
You’re patient
You’re resilient

I know
You’ll survive
You’ll overcome
You’ll beat it
You’ll thrive

Yes I know,
You’ll thrive
Once again.
Yes you will.

I salute  the mothers, the children, the old and the young men of Japan.
The whole world and I stand with you in this hour of despair.
I wish we learn the patience and perseverance from you, my friends.

Tears rolled down when I heard say a  BBC correspondent from Japan:

“When the food is distributed they patiently wait. All they get is half  a bowl of rice. Nobody complains. Incredible calm. This is First World Japan.”


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10 things to learn from Japan

by Ahang Rabbani on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 6:27am

1.  THE CALM        Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.

2.  THE DIGNITY     Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.

3.  THE ABILITY     The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.

4.  THE GRACE       People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.

5.  THE ORDER       No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.

6.  THE SACRIFICE   Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?

7.  THE TENDERNESS  Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.

8.  THE TRAINING    The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.

9.  THE MEDIA   They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins.No silly report Only calm reportage.

10. THE CONSCIENCE  When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly


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