Monday, March 30, 2009

Man survives Hiroshima AND Nagasaki bombings!

A news item just this past week on the only confirmed person still alive to have survived both atomic bomb blasts in Hiroshima as well as Nagasaki. At 93, Tstomu Yamaguchi seems to be doing amazing well.

When reading Hiroshima by John Hersey in the coming weeks you will become familiar with the concept of "hibakusha" mentioned in this article and it will give you all the more context for the difficulties these survivors have faced.

Although an event 54 years ago, it is still clearly a very live issue in Japan - in terms of the survivors and in terms of the country's collective consciouness as this current series on "hibakusha" in the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper attests to....

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