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Messages from Hiroshima

Japanese version

Norio Marumoto (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time / current resident of Tokyo

The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages. This is the testimony of the 80-year-old A-bomb survivor given in April 2010.

When I was fifteen years old (a middle school junior), I was directly exposed to the A-bomb inside a factory in Hiroshima, 2 kilometers [about 1.2 miles] away from the hypocenter.

Since the exposure, I am often too tired to do anything, and people often tell me that I am "disingenuous" and a "quitter." Even so, I have been lucky enough to survive 65 years after being exposed to the A-bomb. I am 80 years old now and I know that my life is coming to end soon.
In 2007, a doctor told me that I would die soon without heart bypass surgery. So I went through the operation and every year since then I receive a thorough physical examination. Every time following my yearly exam, the doctor tells me that my"heart is going to be all right this year, but you should take very good care of yourself."
Once, I had an opportunity to talk about my experience as an A-bomb survivor. On that occasion, someone asked me if I really was exposed to the A-bomb. I explained that I was indeed exposed to the nuclear weapon, but that it was just a "trial model."I explained to them that that's why I am still alive today even though I was exposed to the A-bomb only 2 kilometers [about 1.2 miles] away from the hypocenter.

Scientific technology is ever evolving. Aikichi Kuboyama, who was exposed to the hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll in March 1954 only nine years after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, was a crew member on the Daigo Fukuryu Maru, a Japanese tuna fishing boat. The boat was more than 100 kilometers [about 62.1 miles] away from the hydrogen bomb test site when it was exposed to the radiation. Kuboyama died only six months after being exposed, even though he received the best medical treatment available at the time.

Fifty-six years after the incident, can you imagine how much progress has been made with tonuclear weapons? Radio has evolved from vacuum bulbs to transistors. Today, it is extremely difficult to find young people who don't have a personal computer and mobile phone. Can you image how much money the government has spent developing nuclear weapons? I bet the amount of money the government has invested in nuclear weapons is far greater than what they've put into the private sectors.