Compassion abounds in intimate journey

GENTLY TO NAGASAKI By Joy Kogawa (Halfmoon Bay, B.C.: Caitlin Press Inc., 2016, 214 pp., $25.95 CAD, paper) “Gently to Nagasaki” is filled with honesty, fragility and deep questioning of opposing forces and ironic encounters that bring writer Joy Kogawa to unravel her truth. Before the memoir begins, Kogawa calls upon the Goddess of Mercy, […]

Obama reiterates call for world without nuclear in historic Hiroshima visit

HIROSHIMA — U.S. President Barack Obama on May 27 became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, where he reiterated his call for a “world without nuclear weapons” during his speech at the Peace Memorial Park in the city devastated by the world’s first atomic bomb 71 years ago. “Among those nations like my […]

Kerry becomes 1st U.S. sec. of state to visit Hiroshima A-bomb park

HIROSHIMA — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on April 11 visited a peace park marking the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing in the western Japan city of Hiroshima, the first top U.S. diplomat to do so, focusing attention on whether President Barack Obama will follow suit when he visits Japan later in the year. In […]

U.S. designates WWII nuke projects sites as nat’l park

WASHINGTON — The United States on Nov. 10 designated three sites related to its nuclear weapons program in the 1940s as a national park, stepping up preparations to open it to the public over the next few years. Some U.S. officials told a designation ceremony that the National Park Service, the operator of the park, […]

‘Urban Samurai’: One atomic bomb survivor’s journey to forgiveness

At the age of 8, Takashi Thomas Tanemori lost most of his family in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. His mother and his 14-month-old sister were never found. His eldest sister and father succumbed to radiation poisoning less than a month after the blast. Their deaths left Tanemori, his two older sisters and his younger […]

Looking onward from the year of infamy

Accomplished jazz musician and composer Anthony Brown will debut his “life’s work to date” in remembrance of both the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Sunday, Aug. 2 in San Francisco’s Japantown. Brown, founder of Fifth Stream Music, composed “1945: Year of Infamy.” Unlike his 1995 instrumental piece, “Never […]

1st A-bomb exhibition in 20 years in Washington begins

WASHINGTON  — An exhibition underscoring the woe of the U.S. atomic bombings of two Japanese cities in 1945 during World War II began June 13 in Washington for the first time in 20 years in the U.S. capital. Two survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki pleaded for efforts toward the abolition of nuclear weapons before some […]

Court denies full medical coverage for A-bomb survivors in U.S.

HIROSHIMA — The Hiroshima District Court on June 17 denied full medical coverage for survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima who now live in the United States. The court turned down 13 plaintiffs’ demand for revoking earlier decisions by the state and Hiroshima prefectural governments that rejected their requests for full coverage under the […]

Thousands visit site of first nuclear bomb test 70 years on

SAN ANTONIO — Cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles, with license plates from numerous states, crawled in line miles long early April 4 as people flocked to the site where the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated in southern New Mexico’s Tularosa Basin. The wait to visit the Trinity Site was longer than expected but worth […]

Japanese scholars searching for dispersed A-bomb health records

TOKYO — Japanese scholars are trying to locate records of early research on the health impact of radiation from the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with the aim of creating a digital archive accessible from around the world. The group of scholars began by searching for photos, records of medical treatment and other […]

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