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Messages from Hiroshima

Japanese version

Morio Iwata (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.5 km from the hypocenter / 11 years old at the time / current resident of Hiroshima
1061

The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages. I think it is of the greatest importance and significance now to widely hand down those horrifically hellish experiences of the A-bomb and the mental and physical pain that was caused by it. However, if the facts that happened in the past are viewed merely with sympathy and compassion, and if people's own lives are not affected by them, the effect of handing down our experiences will be reduced by half. Especially young people who are responsible for the generation to come must answer the question: "What is war?" at the same time objectively and calmly, so that they can apply themselves to the most urgent task of creating a route to everlasting peace for humanity.

War is the worst act of violence that I can think of, negating human dignity and destroying history and civilization. Especially, the use of nuclear weapons with their ability to cause radiation damage imperils the very continuation of the human race.

The current Constitution of Japan, which was established based on soul searching after the past war and that reflects the highest ideals of a world population longing for peace, is something that Japan should be proud of. Ours is a country that has a constitution that is a guiding principle with respect to international values and now the government is scheming to change for the worse the ninth article, renunciation of all forms of war, of that same Constitution. That is making me furious! This revision for the worse of the Constitution and the Fundamental Law of Education go hand in hand and I can only think that the government wants to enable Japan to go to war again. Dispatching armed forces for the sake of international contribution will result in the use of military power, which will then develop into an act of war that will drag on endlessly.

"History repeats itself." However, the history that led to so much unhappiness for mankind should never repeat itself again. We must not put our grandchildren and great-grandchildren in a situation where they have to experience the tragedy of war again. Still more, nowhere in the world should people be made A-bomb victims again. In order to achieve this, nuclear arms have to be eradicated from the globe with the greatest haste. I want to reach young people especially, be it just one person or many people, who come to understand this, and for the realization of this goal I, from the bottom of my heart, want action to be taken.
(2005)