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Messages from Nagasaki

Japanese version

Naoki Tanaka (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time / current resident of Saitama
9715

Photographer: Eiichi Matsumoto.
The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages.
When the A-bomb was dropped, I was a first year student at the Nagasaki Industrial Management College. I had started working, as of August 1, as a mobilized student at the Mitsubishi Arms Factory Morimachi Plant, about one and one-half kilometers away from the bomb hypocenter.

When the A-bomb dropped, at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, I was in the factory. I regained consciousness in an air raid shelter after 7 that night.
Until that time, I was unconscious, but I heard later, and learned from the account of a Mr Matsuda Shoji, that someone had carried me on their back out of the factory to Zenza National Elementary School (which was being used as a hospital).
My old school, Nagasaki Middle School, had caught on fire, and a teacher and four students from there were looking for other students in the air raid shelter. Even though I had already graduated, they put me on a stretcher and carried me to my home in Katafuchi-machi. I couldn't walk because my right leg was bruised, my face was bleeding, and I had other wounds.

The above is a brief account of that day. (It has already been published by the school).

If, in the future, any country were to use for its own selfish reasons, a nuclear weapon like a hydrogen bomb 100 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, it would contaminate the earth and be the end for our food, the air, and all life. It would surely cause the total destruction of humankind.
I pray that nuclear arms will never be used again.
(2010)