Hiroshima bigwigs slam Ishihara

Kyodo

Hiroshima Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki and Mayor Kazumi Matsui on Tuesday condemned remarks by Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) leader Shintaro Ishihara that the government should conduct a simulation to assess the potential impact of the country acquiring nuclear weapons.

Yuzaki told a news conference that Ishihara should be cautious in expressing his views as a political party leader, referring to his comments last week that Japan “should carry out a simulation concerning nuclear weapons. That would be a deterrent.”

Ishihara should think about how or if nuclear deterrence works, and that such a simulation would not be a deterrent, Yuzaki said.

Matsui urged Ishihara to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to study the city’s suffering from the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing.