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Messages from Hiroshima

Japanese version

Anonymous (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 18 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. On the day after the A-bombing, our unit arrived in Hiroshima for "rescue" operations, but the city was destroyed. Countless charred bodies were lying on the ground. For many of them, you could no longer tell if they were men or women. You could tell which ones were children, because they were so small. We gathered dead bodies and cremated them. I felt deep anger at such a cruel and indiscriminate attack by the U.S. Forces.

I went into a bombed building that had remained standing. This was the building now known as the A-bomb Dome. Looking up at the blue sky, through what remained of the iron frames of its ceiling, I reaffirmed my determination that we must do what ever we can to prevent the U.S. Troops from landing. I was 18 years old at the time, and enlisted in a naval suicide-corps of the army. I trained at Sachinoura Bay of Edajima naval base preparing for the expected final battle on mainland Japan.

Considering that most of the 300,000 A-bomb victims in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were civilians: women and children and the elderly, the A-bombs attacks were crimes against humanity. Surely they are questionable according to international law. Without showing any remorse for the A-bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the U.S. Forces began the Iraq war, based on a mere suspicion that Iraq possesses weapons of Mass destruction, as if they were the world police. How absurdly arrogant of them!

I feel deep compassion for the people who were killed by the A-bomb attacks and for the people who have been suffering from the injuries and aftereffects. They will not be healed without apologies and compensations by the United States.
I insist that Japan, as the first and only country attacked with A-bombs, should make efforts to abolish war and urge countries in conflict to peacefully solve their problems by bringing the cases to the United Nations. Furthermore, I expect the United States to take the initiative in the non-use and abolition of nuclear arms.