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Messages from Nagasaki

'Chokubaku' means that the person was exposed to the A-bomb directly in Hiroshima or Nagasaki when the bomb was dropped.

Torao Takemoto (male)
'Chokubaku'  1 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
A colleague, who was exposed to radiation just next to me on that day in 1945, passed away last summer. I was told that he died from A-bomb related illnesses. I'm so terrified and can't help thinking that I could be next.
Shimako Yamaguchi (female)
'Chokubaku'  0.8 km from the hypocenter / 25 years old at the time
I have nightmares of blackened arms grabbing my leg. I struggle to shake them off and get away from them, but they just keep coming back. I shout and wake up at my own voice.
Yutaka Kai (male)
'Chokubaku'  1 km from the hypocenter / 20 years old at the time
There was a crowd of people who looked like dolls formed of clotted blood, or like rabbits that had been skinned. The horrendous scene which unfolded before my eyes did not seem to be of this world.