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Nearing Hiroshima Day, Japanese bishop calls for discernment on nuclear energy
Aug. 04, 2011
By Joshua J. McElwee

HIROSHIMA -- Ten of Japans sixteen bishops are to arrive here tomorrow. It is not to be a synod. They are gathering Aug. 6 to commemorate humanitys first use of an atomic bomb in an act of war.

An annual pilgrimage, the bishops will join thousands of others in marking the 66th year since the blasts utter devastation -- and the first since the March meltdowns at Japans Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake.

For Bishop Paul Otsuka of the Kyoto diocese that occasion is something for careful consideration.

Speaking in a letter on behalf of his diocese to the entire Japanese church, Otsuka wrote this month that Japan, which is the only country in the world to have been attacked with atomic weapons, now stands in danger of becoming a country fundamentally damaged because of atomic energy generation. ...

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