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Messages from Nagasaki

Japanese version

Koichi Kurisaki (male)
'Chokubaku'  3.4 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time / current resident of Tokyo

Photographer: Eiichi Matsumoto.
The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages.
China and Korea have felt resentment toward Japan, but many Japanese citizens also became the victims of the war. The U.S. has continued to avoid its responsibility for the atomic bomb survivors. Please let the world know more about the damage and torment that Hiroshima and Nagasaki was forced to experience. The cruel scenes that I saw on my way to the city center to look for my father's bones, the charred bodies and the swollen corpses all remain with me as haunting memories. I can never forget them.

At 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb exploded in the sky over Nagasaki. At that time I was a second-year student in a middle school, Nagasaki Municipal Commercial School, and was working as a member of the Patriotic Volunteer Corps in the accounting section of the Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard. Four of my younger brothers and sisters and I were living with our parents in a rented suburban house in Kamikoshima, away from our own home in Kanaya-machi. With a new-born baby in the family, we were living in poor circumstances. There were air-raid warnings every day. My father was the manager of the Matsuyama-machi Branch of Juhachi Bank which was located close to the hypocenter. That morning, when my father and I left home for work, I had no idea that we would never see each other again. The despicable act of dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that massacred innocent civilians is unforgivable. Even though it happened in wartime, it must never be forgotten.

The following was written twenty years ago for my children as a record of my experience of the bomb. I hope that Japan will remain a peaceful country in the future. Please let the world know about the futility of war.