HIROSHIMA--New York-based musician DJ Spooky participated in a "die-in" demonstration in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome here to mark the moment, at 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6, the bomb was dropped 74 years ago.

The protest, which involves participants lying on the ground as if they were dead, first started in the United States in the 1960s and was often staged at anti-nuclear arms events in the 1980s.

Spooky, aka Paul Miller, 48, is visiting Japan to lend support to the "hibakusha" global signature campaign that urges all countries to accede to the treaty banning nuclear arms, adopted by the United Nations in 2017.

Hibakusha refers to victims of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Among Miller's aims during his visit is to learn about the lives of those who experienced the bombing.

The famed artist also said that he feels a responsibility to express the reality of damage from the atomic bomb and his condolences to victims through art.

The musician ranked No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard music chart in the reggae genre in 2018, and has collaborated with the likes of heavy-metal band Metallica and Yoko Ono.

Having taken an interest in the issue of nuclear weapons, Miller interviewed hibakusha a few years ago.

During his current visit to Hiroshima from Aug. 1 to 7, Miller is creating a video, also featuring U.S. peace activists, in which he interviews victims of the atomic bombing.

The footage will be used to support the call for joining the global signature campaign, which has gathered about 9.4 million signatures as of April this year since its launch in 2016.

Miller plans to release the video around Sept. 26, which is designated by the U.N. as International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Steven Leeper, 71, former chairperson of Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, who spearheaded the project, said, “We'd like to create an atmosphere where it is seen as important, enjoyable and easy to provide one's signature (for the campaign).”


Sunao Katabuchi, director of the anime film “In This Corner of the World,” which depicts daily life in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, before and after the bombing of Hiroshima, visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Aug. 6 to pray for victims who were in the city's Nakajima Honmachi district, which is featured in the film.

Katabuchi reunited with former residents of the district who cooperated with him to re-enact through animation the townscape before the bombing.

Katabuchi also came on stage at a theater in Hiroshima where an English-subtitled version of the film was being screened, with a number of foreign nationals in attendance.

An extended version of “In This Corner of the World” is scheduled to be screened in December.

“What is depicted in the new film through Hiroshima and Kure can connect with people around the world,” the acclaimed director said. "Therefore, it is very much meaningful (for foreigners) to watch the English-subtitled version of the movie here."

(This article was written by Takashi Okuma, Hibiki Yamashiro, Kanoko Tsuchiya and Sonoko Miyazaki.)