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From Asahi Shimbun

So tell me about Hiroshima

The column "So tell me . . . about Hiroshima" started with the April 2008 issue of the Hiroshima Edition of The Asahi Shimbun. The reporters followed the lives of the victims and asked them their thoughts. The words of those who have been forced to live as A-bomb survivors ring true to us as we live in the nuclear age. They also approach the thoughts of those who lived through the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Articles appear in the newspaper basically once a week and continue to be posted. In uploading, the ages and titles of the people being interviewed are those from when the article was published.

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    An Emotional Scar Still in My Dreams  -Kazue Kusata (78 years old)

    The score was tied, 1 to 1. The batter took a full swing and the ball flew in a big arc. The minute that the outfielder running after the ball desperately caught it, a girl made a dash from third base. When she ran past home base, she heard cries of joy from the bench.
    In June 1947, when Ms. Kazue Kusata was a softball player for Yasuda Girls Senior High School (present-day Yasuda Girls Junior High and High School), she scored the winning run in her first victory in the prefectural tournament held on the Nikoh Park Grounds (present-day Kure Nikoh Baseball Stadium) in Kure City. It was a rewarding moment for her since she dedicated herself to softball practice day in and day out as she tried to shake off the nightmare of the war two years before. ……

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    Burned Bodies Become the Seal of Sorrow  -Yutaro Hata (78 years old)

    Every time a family member dies, or when he hears the news of the passing of an acquaintance or on TV of some famous person, whenever someone dies, Hata-san is reminded of a certain scene. "What happens to us when we die? I think I know what 'death' means because I have experienced that smell, that feeling." ……

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    The War Deprived Me of Home  -Kanji Yamasaki (80 years old)

    The North Tenjin-machi monument is located in Peace Memorial Park, about 50 meters [164 feet] north of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Naka Ward, Hiroshima). The names of about 270 atomic bomb victims from the area are engraved in the monument. Almost every day, Mr. Kanji Yamasaki visits this monument. He takes water from the Motoyasu River flowing alongside the park as an offering for the dead.……

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    Even at Home, Remaining Silent was the Only Option  -Yu Yeong-Su (75 years old)

    Hapchon County, a farming community located in the mountains of South Kyongsang Province, South Korea, is known as the "Korean Hiroshima" because more than 600 survivors of the atomic bombings live there. Mr. Yu Yeong-Su (75), who was called Eishu Yanagawa when he lived in Japan, now lives at the Hapchon Welfare Center for Atomic Bomb Survivors. He spoke with the reporter in fluent Japanese, holding family pictures in his hand, and told of his life in Japan before the bombing of Hiroshima. Mr. Yu Yeong-Su said, "I might have still been living in Japan if it were not for the A-bomb."……

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    Remorse about My Hatred of the American Soldiers  -Rokuro Kubosaki (81 years old)

    Every morning 81-year-old Rokuro Kubosaki wakes up at half past five in Tennohigashikubo, where he lives in Kure City, on the shores of the Inland Sea of Japan. When he sits up in his bed, his left leg is numb. Since he contracted spinal stenosis [narrowing of the spinal column] two years ago, he has been visiting a rehabilitation center six days a week. The numbness reminds him of "the charred town." ……

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    Life in the Country that Dropped the Atomic Bomb  -Kazu Sueishi (81 years old)

    An annual Buddhist memorial service was held on August 3rd at the annex temple of Koya-san [Mt. Koya] in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles, shortly before the observation of Atomic Bomb Day in Hiroshima. Most of the approximately eighty attendees were hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombs dropped in Japan during WWII, along with their families who were living in the U.S. ……

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    The Cause of His First Son's Death was the Atomic Bombing  -Hitoshi Takayama (77 years old)

    As a storyteller of atomic bomb experiences, and as the head of an atomic-bomb survivors' organization in Higashi-Hiroshima City, Mr. Hitoshi Takayama, 77, has related his experiences of that day hundreds, maybe thousands, of times. However, even after as long as 62 years after the atomic bombing, he still has one thing that he rarely talks about. ……

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    A Can of Tangerines Brings Back Tearful Memories  -Yoshio Asano (76 years old)

    Since that moment, he has loathed canned tangerines. Sixty-three years ago, on August 8, 1945, his childhood playmate Hiroshi-chan was lying, mortally burned, in an air raid shelter when he held out a can and said, "Yotchan, have some with me." Canned fruit was precious in those days, but he did not have the nerve to eat it in front of his friend, the lower half of whose face was miserably swollen due to his burns, when he himself was unscathed. That boy, then in the second year of middle school, became a newspaper reporter and has continued seeking out the thoughts of the hibakusha. Now he thinks, "Witnessing the brutality of that day when Hiroshi-chan's life was taken away has shaped the way I have lived my life." ……