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Two victims of the only atomic bombings in history, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, are joining together to try and bring the Olympics to Japan in 2020. The two bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki estimated around 220,000 deaths combined. The press were told last Sunday by Hiroshima’s mayor (Tadatoshi Akiba) and Nagasaki’s mayor (Tomihisa Taue) that they will establish a joint committee to work on a proposal based on world peace. Akiba stated in his speech last month in Mexico City, that he believed that by 2020 he could abolish nuclear weapons, and suggested to hold the Olympics in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to celebrate the occasion. Both Akiba and Taue are founding members of the Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign. The Campaign’s main goal is to have a global ban on nuclear arms. For the 2020 Olympics, there are other cities competing for the host position such as Istanbul, Budapest, and Delhi. By 2013 the host city should be named.
Just recently, for the first time in 54 years the Japan Liberal Democratic Party(LDP) lost to a landslide defeat from the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DJP). The House of Representatives of Japan voted on the election this past Sunday, August 29th. The Democratic Party of Japan won an overwhelming amount of support with 308 votes while the Japan Liberal Democratic Party received only 119. With such a radical change/switch in government parties, there will be a new Prime Minister to replace current outgoing Prime Minister Taro Aso. Within the last 5 years, there were many changes in the position of Prime Minister. The government had been very unstable and many scandals occurred. Yukio Hatoyama, the head of the Democratic Party of Japan, pledges to make reforms and changes that will boost the economy to its original glory and encourage the birthrate. The increased birthrate for young people to boost the social security system. There are not enough young generation workers currently. In the next 20 years, at least half the population will be 60 years of age or older due to the inverted pyramid population graph. The heavy unemployment has taken a toll on Japan and Hatoyama has given his word that he will be the symbol of Change. Let us hope he can lead Japan to its former state of glory and success.