Wish for Peace Drives Study on Americans Killed in Hiroshima

Society

Hiroshima, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--For Shigeaki Mori, a hope to contribute to peace was a driving force behind his 40-year effort to seek out the families of American servicemen who died in the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.

When he was 8, Mori was exposed to radiation from the nuclear attack on the western Japan city on Aug. 6, 1945, at a location about 2.5 kilometers from the center of explosion.

At the building of an elementary school he had previously attended, all students were left dead, but Mori survived as he had switched schools.

After World War II ended, he read notes left by the principal of the devastated school and learned that the bodies of captured American servicemen had been discovered in the grounds of the school, which prompted him to begin research on the issue.

After collecting documents and conducting interviews, Mori identified 12 servicemen. In his search for their families, he made many international calls to people with the same surnames as the captives, using clumsy English.

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