Push to Honor Atomic Bomb Survivors

A recent post by Japanese blogger Akio Matsumura at “Finding the Missing Link for our Common Future” pushes the thought of restructuring the Nobel Peace Prize policies to honor the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Matsumura shares his research findings that the atomic bombs that were dropped on August 6 and 9, 1945 didn’t affect just the Japanese but also China, United States, Korea, Philippines, Netherlands and Brazil and potentially other countries as well.

Matsumura states, “We the world have a moral obligation to pass the torch of positive force on to the next generations so that they may partake in our wisdom, not just our mistakes. The survivors and victims of the atomic bombs have sacrificed much to pass on this torch. By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to all of the atomic bombs’ survivors—a group from many nations—the Nobel Peace Committee would honor a generation devoted to creating peace rather than resenting harm, as well as underscore its commitment to stopping these evils from reoccurring.”

On April 7, Steven Newcomb, Shawnee/Lenape and Indian Country Today Media Network columnist sent Matsumura a response from an indigenous perspective.

Newcomb agrees saying, “Those survivors remind us that war and dehumanization are inextricably intertwined; to commit acts of war, by killing, maiming, or incinerating one’s fellow human beings, in the name of flag, country, race, creed, color, or religion, it is necessary to first become detached and desensitized by seeing one’s fellow human beings as ‘less-than-human.’”

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