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Paper Cranes Bringing Hope to the World

Origami paper cranes are found in all corners of the world these days, not just their Japanese homeland. But how did they find their way into the world’s hearts as a symbol of peace? We put the question to Sasaki Masahiro, brother of Sadako—the model for Hiroshima’s Children’s Peace Monument, who folded over a thousand cranes in hope of a miracle.

Hiroshima Researcher Mori Shigeaki Makes First-Ever Visit to AmericaCharles A. Radin /Mugi Hanao

The hibakusha Mori Shigeaki spent more than four decades tracking down the families of 12 US prisoners of war who perished in the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. This year he made his first trip to the United States, meeting relatives of the victims and praying for peace together with citizens of the allied nation that was once Japan’s enemy.

Hiroshima Historian Mori Shigeaki Heads for America

Over more than four decades, Mori Shigeaki investigated 12 US servicemen who died in the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, contacting all of their families to let them know their fate. In May 2018 he makes his first-ever trip to the United States, where he will meet with surviving relatives to comfort them and share his wishes for peace.

Preserving the Hibakusha Legacy: Project in Hiroshima Aims to Keep Testimonies of Atomic Bomb Survivors AliveMasuda Miki

As the hibakusha population dwindles, we move closer to a time when no victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima will be alive to share their stories of loss and suffering. To keep these accounts alive, Hiroshima has begun a project to train successors to pass down the experiences of A-bomb survivors.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki Mayors Invited to Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony (News)

Hiroshima/Nagasaki, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)—Hiroshima Mayor Matsui Kazumi and Nagasaki Mayor Taue Tomihisa have been invited to attend the award ceremony for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, it was learned Wednesday. The Hiroshima city government is planning to accept the invitation, while the Nagasaki city government is making necessary arrangements, informed sources said. The two Japanese cities were…

Hiroshima Calls for Nuke-Free World on Atomic Bombing Anniversary (News)

Hiroshima, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)—Hiroshima Mayor Matsui Kazumi called for further global efforts to abolish nuclear weapons as the western Japan city marked the seventy-second anniversary of the US atomic bombing on Sunday. Fires blaze in iron baskets along the Motoyasu River in Hiroshima on August 5, 2017, on the eve of the seventy-second anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city. The displ…

Japan’s Nakamitsu Praises Hibakusha over Nuke Ban Pact (News)

New York, July 10 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Nakamitsu Izumi, UN undersecretary-general and high representative for disarmament affairs, said Monday that efforts by hibakusha atomic bomb survivors have led to the adoption on Friday of the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear arms. Activities by hibakusha that highlight the inhumanity of nuclear weapons "generated a huge movement to create a treaty in a h…

Hiroshima Mayor Strongly Calls for Adoption of Nuke Ban Treaty (News)

New York, June 16 (Jiji Press)—Hiroshima Mayor Matsui Kazumi on Thursday strongly called for the adoption of a treaty to legally ban nuclear weapons during the second session of a United Nations conference for negotiations on the pact that runs through July 7. "I am speaking today as mayor of Hiroshima--the first city attacked by a nuclear weapon--to share the earnest wishes of hibakusha for …

A Solemn Duty: Rolls Containing Names of Atomic Bomb Victims Aired at Hiroshima Monument (Japan in Photos)

A municipal employee at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park carefully examines books inscribed with the names of the more than 300,000 atomic bomb victims on May 17, 2017. The 112 tomes were removed from the stone chest that is part of the arched cenotaph at the park so they could be checked for damage and allowed to air. World leaders visiting Hiroshima frequently lay wreaths at the monument, w…

Renovated Museum Shows How Hiroshima Was Leveled by A-Bomb (News)

Hiroshima, April 25 (Jiji Press)—The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has added a panoramic display of computer-generated images of the western Japan city soon before and after it was struck by an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. The museum's renovated East Building, with changed exhibits, was shown to journalists on Tuesday, a day before it opens to the public. "White Panorama," 5 meters in di…

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