Godzilla

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The movie gives a clear impression of the fears towards nuclear weapons. Given the movie came out roughly a decade after the end of World War 2 (WWII) which for the Japanese concluded after being attacked twice with nuclear weapons (named Fat Man and Little Boy) in Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively.

I was reminded of the Hiroshima ground zero site (as pictured above) which now houses many plaques detailing the event, making note of the use of such weapons on predominantly civilian locals. They are very careful with the wording, avoiding outright calling the act a war crime but the intent is very much there. The obvious reasoning for this subdued recount would be that it would contradict the heroic story spoken of in the dominant discourse (“history is written by the winners” and all that) but Japan themselves were basically on par with the Nazis when it came to…

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