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Messages from Hiroshima

Japanese version

Yoshizo Mizukoda (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 17 years old at the time / current resident of Mie

The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages. On August 6, 1945 (20th year of the Showa era), an A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. In the midst of radiation from the A-bomb, I took care of victims, from the following day until the 11th. Therefore, throughout the second decade of the Showa era, during which I was demobilized, my shoulders were stiff and my back hurt. There were no drugs available so I stuck to treatment with acupuncture. At that time, it was said that we would continue living if no A-bomb disease developed for fifteen years after the bombing because hair, nails and skin all regenerate during that time, while our hearts would stay alive as they were. When A-bomb victims heard this, they were relieved.

Now 60 years later I still apply compresses in order to ease pains in my shoulders and back every day.

I realized through my firsthand experience that there is nothing more terrifying than nuclear war. I made a booklet to convey my message to future generations: we must never have another war. I will send you a copy separately, and I hope you will find it useful.

It has been 65 years since the A-bombs were dropped on Hiroshima (on August 6) and Nagasaki (on August 9). At the time I was only seventeen with acne on my face, and now I am an old person, having turned 82 on April 28 this year. A flash like lightning and the roar of the explosion are still stuck in my memory. I think most A-bomb victims, once described as ghosts in procession, have passed away by now. Those of us who survived the atomic bombing hope that such a tragedy will never be repeated.

When I think about the truly innocent children, women and elderly people who were burned to death, or those who are still suffering from the aftereffects of their exposure to the A-bomb, I am convinced that we have no choice but to abolish nuclear weapons in order to have no more A-bomb victims. I hope the mass media report this unwavering conviction in the newspapers so that it will spread among the public.

March 15, 2010 (Heisei 22)