Thursday, August 5, 2010


 After more surfing, I happened upon a few stories about tomorrow being the 65th anniversary of the United States bombing of Hiroshima in the last days of the Second World War. The bombing immediately killed 140,000, but as this story in the Guardian indicates, Tsutomu Yamaguchi is the first and only known survivor of two attacks (the Americans would drop another atomic bomb on Nagasaki, killing 70,000).

His son has died of cancer and he had to fight to have his special status recognized, but Yamaguchi looks as if this inspires him to keep telling his and others' stories:

"Yamaguchi was quoted yesterday by the Mainichi newspaper. "My double radiation exposure is now an official government record. It can tell the younger generation the horrifying history of the atomic bombings even after I die," he said."
Inspiring and incredible story. 

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