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From Asahi Shimbun

Notes from Nagasaki

"Notes from Nagasaki" started with the August 2008 issue of the Nagasaki Edition of The Asahi Shimbun. The articles are short, about a page each, and run from a few to more than ten days successively while painting a picture of the lives of each person featured. There hasn't been a day without an article being published and the series continues to this day. The articles have been formatted and published as two paperbacks entitled "Notes from Nagasaki - Stories of A-bomb survivors interviewed by young reporters" and "Prayer - Notes from Nagasaki Vol. 2"(both published by Asahi Shimbun Publications). We have included contents of this website from these books, and toward 70th years from the atomic-bombing, we are adding contents from the recent newspaper articles. Please read them. The ages and affiliations used are those from when the article was originally published.

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    Clinging with All His Heart, He Brings Back the Book  -Norio Gunge (born 1929)

    The brown fabric of the book's binding is splintered. The name of the book, "Introduction to the Theory of Chemistry," is written in German. About 500 meters [1/3 mile] east-southeast of the hypocenter, amidst of the rubble of Nagasaki Medical School (present-day Nagasaki University Medical School), Mr. Norio Gunge (83, from Kita Ward, Kumamoto) found the book. ……

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    We have to pass on what we know to the children  -Shuji Miyata (born 1929)

    In 2013, the citizen's group "Society for the Preservation of the Postwar History of the Nagasaki A-Bomb" was launched to commemorate the 70th anniversary in 2015. Their first fact-finding survey was conducted at the office of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivors Council in Okamachi, Nagasaki, on December 24 that year. One of the three victims who spoke about their diverse experiences was 84-year-old Shuji Miyata, who entered the hypocenter and was exposed to radiation. ……

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    Never let the Doctor's cherry trees die   -Tomoji Kobata (born 1938)

    There is a two-tatami mat [about 3-sq.-meter, or 33-sq.-foot]-room hut in Nagasaki's Uenomachi. This is Nyokodo, where Dr. Takashi Nagai (1908-1951), author of The Bells of Nagasaki, continued to write while he was terminally ill in bed, working tirelessly for the hibakusha. ……

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    My wish to keep growing A-bomb rice forever   -Takashi Matsumoto (born 1935)

    It was a day for getting rationed cigarettes. Takashi Matsumoto (age 79, Izumi 3-chome, Nishi Ward, Fukuoka) was in the fifth grade of a national elementary school and was on his way to a shop in front of Nagayo Station from his home in Kohdago, Nagayo (present-day Nagayo-cho). It was his task during the summer holidays to acquire cigarettes. ……

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    At that moment, I heard the voices of children   -Kenichi Mori (male, born 1928)

    "Oh look, the parachute of a B-29. . ." Kenichi Mori (86, in Shiroyama-machi, Nagasaki) still remembers those words very clearly, which were uttered by the children who were in front of his house at the moment the A-bomb exploded. ……

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    Asked to Speak in New Zealand   -Reiko Hada (born 1936)

    "Could you come to our office?" It was October 2013, and Reiko Hada had received a phone call from the Nagasaki Foundation for the Promotion of Peace. Ms. Hada, now aged 77, is a resident of Nishiyama 4-chome, Nagasaki, and gives about 60 public talks a year about her experience of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki during World War II. ……

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    What I Couldn't Tell My Daughter   -shizuko mitamura (born 1941)

    Ms. Shizuko Mitamura, aged 72, who had been exposed to radiation five kilometers [3.1 miles] from the hypocenter at the age of three, in April joined the message-conveyance team of the Nagasaki Foundation for the Promotion of Peace to work as an A-bomb witness. She said, "It's time for me to speak out, especially for the sake of my daughter." She feels this job is a mission she must fulfill. ……

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    Masako Does Not Collapse. . . Beyond Censorship  -Masako Yanagawa (born 1931)

    In October 1945, shortly after the atomic bomb had been dropped on Nagasaki, a 14-year-old girl lying in her sickbed began writing of her experience of being bombed. The chronicle of her experience, titled Masako taorezu (Masako Does Not Collapse), was finally published as a book for the whole world to read, despite attempts by the General Headquarters' to suppress it.……

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    Sending her message by singing "Never Again"   -Emiko Tani (born 1939)

    [At the 69th annual Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 9th. The typhoon's threat had diminished and people's melodious voices echoed through the emerging blue sky. ]
    "Never again. . . . never again make more hibakusha like us." ……

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    Struck by illnesses, one after another   -Shimako Yamaguchi (born 1920)

    Ms. Shimako Yamaguchi (94) now spends almost all of her days on a bed in an apartment room in Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture, feeling a shaking every time a train passes on the nearby elevated electric railway ……