President Obama visits Hiroshima, speaks out against nuclear weapons

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About 71 years after the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan , President Obama visited the site and placed a wreath before the cenotaph at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park . It is the first visit by a ” sitting U.S. President .” Both Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Obama delivered speeches, and Obama spoke out against nuclear weapons. According to The Washington Post, Japanese citizens ” longed ” for a U.S. president to publicly recognize those lost when nuclear bombs were dropped on Japan, first in Hiroshima and three days later on Nagasaki. An estimated 140,000 and 80,000 were killed in the bombings. The majority were civilians. Related: America’s most polluted nuclear site is now a national park In his speech, President Obama said, “The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution as well…the memory of the morning of August 6, 1945 must never fade. That memory allows us to fight complacency. It fuels our moral imagination. It allows us to change.” The president denounced nuclear weapons and spoke of the terror faced by children, men, and women that day in Hiroshima. He said nations should “ultimately eliminate” nuclear weapons. At a visit to a Marine Corps Air Station about an hour away from Hiroshima, he spoke to Japanese and American soldiers about working for “peace and security” so no nation would feel they needed the destructive weapons. President Obama said in his speech, “That is the future we can choose, a future in which Hiroshima and Nagasaki are known not for the dawn of atomic warfare but as the start of our own moral awakening.” The president also spoke about the progress that has been made, from forming an international organization that works to prevent wars to the development of a positive relationship between Japan and America. He said, “The United States and Japan forged not only an alliance, but a friendship that has won far more for our people than we could ever claim through war.” Via The Washington Post Images via screenshot and Wikimedia Commons

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Japan restarts first nuclear reactor since 2011 Fukushima disaster

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The catastrophe wrecked by the Fukushina Daiichi nuclear power plant in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, forcing 160,000 people from their homes, left many in Japan highly wary of atomic energy. So much so that by 2013 all nuclear reactors in the country had been taken offline . But today, under what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refers to as the “world’s most stringent regulation standards,” a nuclear reactor in Sendai will be switched on, despite polls showing the majority of Japanese residents oppose the move. Read the rest of Japan restarts first nuclear reactor since 2011 Fukushima disaster

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Scotland to ban genetically modified crops for good

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The Scottish government is planning to ban the growing of genetically modified crops in Scotland , using a new EU rule that allows countries to opt-out of GM. The move will widen the political gap between Scotland and the Conservative government in England, who have already indicated that GM crops such as oilseed rape with be grown. “Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment — and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status,” said Richard Lochhead, Scotland’s environment secretary. Read the rest of Scotland to ban genetically modified crops for good

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