NAGASAKI – A book containing the testimony of 12 Taiwanese who survived the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima has been published.
Nobuto Hirano, 65, representative of a Nagasaki-based liaison group for hibakusha overseas, says he hopes the book will “help the younger generation learn about the history of hardships and help expand support for the survivors.”
Hirano visited Taiwan three times last year to collect the accounts of Taiwan-based A-bomb survivors, which haven’t received much coverage. Since many of them were aged and some had dementia, the interviews were difficult, but Hirano helped them remember by showing them photos and maps from the time.
The book also includes a chronology of events related to a lawsuit against the Japanese government and information about an A-bomb survivors’ association established on Taiwan last November. The A5-sized book is 232 pages long.