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Messages from Hiroshima

Japanese version

Yoshio Kawada (male)
'Chokubaku'  3.5 km from the hypocenter / 24 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. After finishing transport operation to the Southern front, I returned to my detachment in Ujina-machi for the first time in 3 months. I was ordered to take charge of the arms. Busy days continued.

It was rare that I could attend the routine morning gathering, but on the morning of August 6th, I unexpectedly could attend it. Toward the end of the gathering, there was a roaring sound and B-29s came out of the summer clouds over HIROSHIMA. When I looked up and saw parachutes coming down, an intense light and thermal rays attacked my eyes, and I became dazzled. The scorching heat! Simultaneously with an explosive sound, the ground shook. All this took place in an instant and I can't forget the terror, still now.

When I went to the temporary first-aid station (arms depot) where those who were exposed to the A-bomb had been accommodated, as I was on duty that day, I saw a Middle School student lying on a door with his burned black face, hands and feet enveloped in bandage-like cloth stained with blood, seemingly as a first-aid treatment. I couldn't help averting my eyes from that scene. As I approached him, he said in a small voice, "Please give me water". When I poured some water into a cup and tried to make him drink it, the soldier in charge of hygiene shouted at me not to do it. Soon after, I got off duty and returned to the barracks. I was haunted by my conduct, that I didn't give him any water. The following day I went to the temporary first-aid station to take my turn. But I couldn't find the burned boy. Still now, I have a sad regret that I didn't give him even a sip of water at that time, no matter how severely I was scolded. Later, I learned that if you give water to a dying man, he will immediately breathe his last.

Holding fast to the Three Non-Nuclear Principles and the fulfillment of them. An immediate prohibition on countries having or producing nuclear weapons, including the U.S.

Strict supervision of both peaceful and military use of nuclear power by the I.A.E.A. in the U.N. The realization of the National Indemnities for the A-bomb survivors/victims.