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Messages from Nagasaki

Japanese version

Naoyuki Okuma (male)
'Chokubaku'  0.4 km from the hypocenter / 19 years old at the time / current resident of Nagasaki

Photographer: Eiichi Matsumoto.
The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages.
At the time, I had just entered the Department of Pharmaceuticals affiliated with the former Nagasaki University as a first-year student. I, along with three students in the Department of Medicine at the same university, began my student life in a student lodge in Hamaguchi-machi in Nagasaki. But in reality, the university had ordered students into war service, and I spent my time at the Mitsubishi Electronics Nagasaki Manufacturing Plant in Akunoura in Nagasaki.

On August 9, the plant took a direct hit. We helped with the rescue efforts for about three hours, and then left the plant. As we fled, we walked between burning homes. Just then, three young women who seemed like volunteers in the Women's Service Corps approached me and asked for water. I jumped into the nearby Urakami River and gave them some. I then reached the former Ohashi Stadium (now called Big N Stadium) and finally made it to Michinoo Station. The powerful scenes that I saw along the way are in my mind, and it was like walking through hell. These powerful impressions still remain in my mind, I can't forget them as long as I live.

I am angry at the fact that people's lives could be wiped out so easily by an indiscriminate bomb like this. I can only feel sorrow toward the people who were victimized. Consequently, I can only say that this conduct, in which humanity is led to self-destruction by killing each other, is the height of folly. We must be fully aware of the fact that to create this terrible weapon, or bomb should I say, is itself a weapon that robs humanity of happiness. We should create an international environment in which people can put aside their delusionary prejudices and pride, and enjoy their lives in earnest.