Nov 3, 2013

Medical coverage to be improved for hibakusha abroad

Measures to support hibakusha living overseas will soon be bolstered, welfare minister Norihisa Tamura said at a recent news conference. The announcement was made after the Osaka District Court ruled on Oct. 24 that the prefecture’s refusal to cover medical expenses for A-bomb survivors ...

Nov 1, 2013

Foreign A-bomb survivors ask Abe to correct Hiroshima remarks

Six groups representing non-Japanese survivors of the atomic bombings are pressing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to correct his remarks that the Japanese are the “only people” to have experienced nuclear devastation in war. When Abe gave the annual prime minister speeches at the anniversary ...

Aging overseas hibakusha still seek equal treatment

Oct 30, 2013

Aging overseas hibakusha still seek equal treatment

Lee Hong-hyon, one of three South Koreans who filed a lawsuit in June 2011 to get the Japanese government to cover medical costs for atomic bomb victims who now live overseas, was the only one still alive to hear the Osaka District Court rule ...

Oct 18, 2013

Study raises A-bomb fallout exposure risks

A study by Hiroshima University researchers has shown that men who entered the city just after the 1945 atomic bombing face a greater chance of dying from cancer than those who came three days later. The findings suggest that human health may be impaired ...

Bakery Andersen may demolish building that survived A-bomb

Oct 6, 2013

Bakery Andersen may demolish building that survived A-bomb

The Andersen Group, a Hiroshima-based bakery, is thinking of fully renovating — with the option of demolishing — a historic building that survived the 1945 atomic bombing of the city, company officials said Sunday. Hiroshima City Hall is trying to preserve sites that survived ...

A-bomb museum items on Google

Aug 19, 2013

A-bomb museum items on Google

Internet search giant Google Inc. unveiled Monday an online collection of items displayed at museums in Hiroshima and Nagasaki documenting the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings. It is the first time Japanese facilities have been featured on Google’s Cultural Institute multimedia site, which provides the ...

Nuke opponents feud over bombs vs. power

Aug 6, 2013

Nuke opponents feud over bombs vs. power

by Eric Johnston

Every August, thousands of visitors from Japan and around the world gather in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bombs. In addition to the solemn ceremonies that draw survivors and VIPs, there are numerous side events dedicated to seeking the ...

Aug 6, 2013

Citizens urge museum to keep A-bomb dolls

A growing number of citizens are against the planned removal from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum of three dolls modeled after victims of the 1945 atomic bombing of the city. The city said earlier this year that it would no longer exhibit the dolls ...

Aug 6, 2013

Victim of Bikini Atoll H-bomb fallout keeps the faith

Matashichi Oishi, 79, who served aboard the Fukuryu Maru No. 5, a tuna boat exposed to radiation, is determined to carry on telling his story and calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. In an interview ahead of this week’s 68th anniversary of the ...

Hiroshima mayor skeptical of Abe atomic arms vow

Aug 6, 2013

Hiroshima mayor skeptical of Abe atomic arms vow

At the ceremony Tuesday marking the 68th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to do whatever he can to achieve a world without nuclear arms and to offer better support to atomic-bomb survivors fighting radiation-caused health problems. ...