Film captures hibakusha’s decades-long effort to honor U.S. POWs killed in Hiroshima

Shigeaki Mori, 8 years old, miraculously escaped death on the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, when the U.S. detonated an atomic bomb over Hiroshima. He was crossing a bridge when the force of the blast threw him into a river, engulfing him in darkness. Seventy-one years later, Mori found himself in newspaper photos around the […]

Japanese ICAN member congratulates ‘hibakusha’ for Nobel Peace Prize

TOKYO — A key Japanese member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons congratulated the survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Oct. 9 for the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Geneva-based organization. “It is an award for everyone who has worked to eradicate nuclear arms,” Akira Kawasaki, an […]

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 […]

Protesters rally across Japan against controversial security bills

TOKYO  — Students, mothers and other protesters staged rallies at more than 200 locations across Japan on Aug. 30, calling for the scrapping of controversial security legislation that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to enact to strengthen the role of Japanese forces abroad. A major rally in front of the Diet building in central Tokyo […]

‘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 […]

JA org honors those who paved a path home

The National Japanese American Historical Society held its annual awards dinner May 3 at its Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center (Building 640) in the San Francisco Presidio. The program, entitled “Journey: Paving Our Way Home,” focused on Japanese Americans whose work helped rebuild post-war lives in both America and Japan. “In the course of […]

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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