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Messages from Nagasaki

Japanese version

Tatsuya Kawaguchi (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.1 km from the hypocenter / 9 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.
1. I closed my eyes, covered my ears, and dropped to the ground when an odd flash of light suddenly appeared. My friend who lived next door died charred black. My cousin was crushed to death under a beam. There were numerous charred dead bodies along the riverside near the Oohashi Bridge. A gas tank in Yachiyo-machi caught fire and furiously roared with huge flames.

2. These are not ways for human beings to die. I feel I can still hear their voices. even today. We have to totally abolish of nuclear weapons for the dead.

3. We must make ourselves the last generation to witness that sort of hell on earth. Nuclear weapons absolutely cannot coexist with humankind. We, the people of Nagasaki, have a historical duty to continue relating the brutality of the atomic bomb, and to call for prompt abolition of all nuclear weapons.

There is now a dangerous trend toward revising Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan and relapsing into a pre-war Japan state of mind. But by all means we must protect Article 9. It is crucial to put into good use the lessons from the history of the World War. Representing the only country exposed to atomic bombs, the Japanese government should make efforts toward total abolition of nuclear weapons for the sake of world peace.

I would like to add if I may that the " World without Nuclear Weapons" speech by U.S. President Barack Obama strengthened hope in the world that nuclear weapons can someday be abolished, and people throughout the world are beginning to move toward that goal. We hibakusha also feel greatly encouraged.