Magazine Documenting Hibakusha Testimonies Marks 50th Anniversary

Society Culture

Nagasaki, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)--A magazine documenting the testimonies of victims of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the city of Nagasaki, southwestern Japan, and disseminating messages against war and nuclear weapons marked its 50th anniversary on Friday.

In a prefatory note in its inaugural issue, published on Aug. 9, 1969, the magazine, Nagasaki no Shogen (testimonies of Nagasaki), says it "hopes to dredge up more testimonies and help people bring to light the danger of a new nuclear war and infringements of human rights of hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors)."

Its publisher, a local civic group called Nagasaki no Shogen no Kai (the group of testimonies of Nagasaki), has put out new issues once to four times a year, producing 75 issues by the end of last year. The experiences of a total of about 2,000 hibakusha have been recorded in the magazine.

In 2006, 38 of some 1,000 testimonies were compiled into a book. An English translation was also published, for people who do not understand Japanese.

"Through the testimonies, the magazine tells not only how grueling being exposed to radiation is but also people's feelings against war and nuclear weapons," said Mitsugi Moriguchi, 82-year-old secretary-general of the group.

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