Home > Hot topics
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…

Visitors to Hiroshima Peace Museum Hit Annual Record (News)

Hiroshima, Feb. 24 (Jiji Press)—The number of visitors to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in fiscal 2016 has already hit a record annual high, the operator said Friday. The number of visitors in the fiscal year ending March 31 has already exceeded the previous one-year record high of 1,593,280, marked in fiscal 1991, said the operator of the museum in Hiroshima Prefecture. So far in fiscal 2…

Outgoing US Ambassador Kennedy Thanks Okinawa People (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 16 (Jiji Press)—Outgoing US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy expressed her gratitude on Monday to the people of Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, as part of a farewell video message. "I'm grateful to the people of Okinawa for helping me to better understand their struggle and our shared history," Kennedy said in the message released the same day. "I hope we continue to …

Director of Double A-Bomb Survivor Movie Gets Letter from Obama (News)

Nagasaki, Dec. 9 (Jiji Press)—A filmmaker who created a documentary about a man who survived both US atomic bomb strikes on Japan said Friday he has received a thank-you letter from President Barack Obama after sending him the movie. Movie director Inazuka Hidetaka, 66, and Yamasaki Toshiko, at 68 the eldest daughter of the late double bombing survivor Yamaguchi Tsutomu, held a press conference…

Video highlights

  • From our columnists
  • In the news