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A-bomb survivors say 'no' to nuclear power

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 - 01:33

Atomic bomb survivors in Japan call for an end to nuclear power as the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat approaches. Eve Johnson reports.

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Atsushi Hoshino knows about atomic power. He is a survivor of world's first nuclear attack...the US bombing of Hiroshima seventy years ago. And he lives about an hour's drive from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Hoshino joins ranks with the majority of Japanese citizens opposing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to reboot the nation's reactors. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 87-YEAR-OLD HIROSHIMA ATOMIC BOMBING SURVIVOR, ATSUSHI HOSHINO, SAYING: "I think that since the risk of nuclear power and the fact that human beings cannot control it has become clear, none of the reactors should be restarted." Japan's reactors were taken offline following the massive 2011 tsunami that devastated the plant in Fukushima triggering metldowns that forced tens of thousands of residents to flee. Japan plans to restart one of its nuclear plants - the Kyushu Electric Power's facility in Sendai - next week. Hoshino was a high school student when the US dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. He was out of the city that day, but came home to a nightmare. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 87-YEAR-OLD HIROSHIMA ATOMIC BOMBING SURVIVOR, ATSUSHI HOSHINO, SAYING: "Even now, I cannot forget the appearance of those friends who were victims of the atomic bombing." Like many atomic bomb survivors, he's a harsh critic of Prime Minister Abe... who has been taking steps to ramp up the military. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 87-YEAR-OLD HIROSHIMA ATOMIC BOMBING SURVIVOR, ATSUSHI HOSHINO, SAYING: "Abe knows nothing of the reality of war. I don't think Shinzo Abe...truly recognises that that war was a criminal, aggressive war." Abe is expected to deliver a statement this month marking 70 years since Japan's world war II defeat. With the public starting to turn against him and his stance on security, he'll need to chose his words carefully.

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A-bomb survivors say 'no' to nuclear power

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 - 01:33