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, […]

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 […]

Truman’s grandson visits Hiroshima, meets A-bomb victims

HIROSHIMA — Clifton Truman Daniel, the eldest grandson of former U.S. President Harry Truman, visited the Hiroshima on Aug. 4 and met with survivors of the wartime atomic bombing ordered by his grandfather. The 55-year-old former journalist listened to an 83-year-old survivor who said he had to leave his mother behind as he ran from […]

Hibakusha Victims Express Gratitude Following Japanese Doctors’ Biennial Visit

It has been 32 years since the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association began sending a team of physicians to the United States every two years to conduct medical examinations on those of Japanese and Korean descent who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagaski in 1945. More than 200,000 people died in the atomic bombings […]

A-Bomb Survivors in America Examined by Hiroshima Doctors

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — Atomic-bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, now living in North America, received health checks from a group of Japanese doctors Sept. 19 at a suburban Los Angeles hospital. The medical delegation, consisting of physicians and administrative personnel commissioned by the Japanese government and Hiroshima prefectural government, conducted medical exams including interviews, […]

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