Heisei in Perspective: A-Bomb Dome Foundation Helps Memories to Continue
Hiroshima, Feb. 20 (Jiji Press)--For many tourists and political leaders from around the world, the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima has always been a poignant reminder of the pricelessness of peace.
A 30-year-old foundation to finance the building's preservation has not only propped up the skeletal structure but also fostered young people who will lead the next generation of peace movements.
Organizers hope that the foundation will support campaigns to pass down painful memories of the 1945 atomic bombing of the western Japan city beyond the Heisei era, which is set to close its 30-plus years at the end of April.
The building, located about 130 meters from the epicenter of the nuclear attack, suffered heavy damage from the blast and heat wave of the explosion but miraculously avoided collapse.
The city government of Hiroshima started a national fundraising drive to collect funds to preserve the remains.
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