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Messages from Nagasaki

Naoto Kakimoto (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.3 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time / current resident of Kanagawa
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Photographer: Eiichi Matsumoto.
The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages.
While countries of the world are obsessed by their national interest or prestige, impending crises for mankind draw near every second, quietly and certainly.
Isn't it of the utmost importance to become aware of this reality as soon as possible and change the paradigm so that we can take a strong move toward a resolution of the problem?
The first of these crises is a drastic increase in the global population, and, as its consequence, a shortage of food and water supply, an exhaustion of natural resources and subsequent destruction of nature...... and various phenomena throughout the world to be eventually caused by them.
If we are unaware of, take lightly, neglect, leave alone or leave these problems to take their own courses, what would happen to this world and to mankind?
I cannot further elaborate on these issues, but our people, especially those from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, have continued to appeal to the whole world, at the risks of our own lives, for the total abolition of nuclear arms.
Isn't the fact that nuclear arms have never been actually employed in various wars after the World War Two, despite several close-calls, due, not to a small extent, to the earnest voices of appeal by the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

We A-bomb survivors are now very old and dwindling in number with each passing year. It is highly improbable that we will live to see the day of complete abolition of nuclear arms.
But I am determined, for the sake of our children and grandchildren, that in our remaining years we must continue to have our voices heard in appeal for the eternal existence of all human beings and the realization of eternal peace.
(2010)

NOTE:The witness was significantly well-shielded by steel and concrete and by heavy equipment, during exposure at a radius of only 1.2 kilometers (3 quarters of a mile) from the hypocenter. At this radius, the outdoor, immediate dose from gamma radiation and neutrons reached 400R (600R is lethal). This dose would have been exacerbated by a significant but still unmeasured surge from the microwave end of the spectrum. The amount of attenuation of the radiation dose by heavy equipment at the factory, and by the building's structure, is unknown (likely, attenuation was greater than 50%) - but, while ultimately life-saving, the protection was not total. This is a particularly remarkable case of survival because after being shadow-shielded and shock-cocooned in a building that was completely destroyed, the witness searched for her mother near the hypocenter during a period in which residual radiation alone could have added up to a lethal dose.