A-Bomb Survivor's Poem Quoted in Nagasaki Peace Declaration


Nagasaki, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)--A poem by a hibakusha atomic bomb survivor was quoted Friday by Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue in a peace declaration to mark the 74th anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing of the southwestern Japan city.

It was the first time for a Nagasaki mayor to cite a hibakusha's poem in the annual declaration.

Describing the devastation of the atomic bombing in the poem, Kazuko Yamaguchi, 91, who lost all of her family in the bombing, says the world must "never repeat" the tragedy.

In 1945, Yamaguchi, then 17, was living with her mother and two sisters. Her father had died sometime before.

When the bomb exploded at 11:02 a.m. Aug. 9, she was at an armaments factory one kilometer from ground zero.

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