Dec 4, 2014

Emperor, Empress visit Hiroshima A-bomb memorial

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Thursday visited Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima and laid flowers at the cenotaph for atomic bomb victims. Afterward, the Imperial couple visited one of the city’s four nursing homes for hibakusha and offered words of encouragement to the ...

Nov 12, 2014

Government beefs up law to help prevent landslide disasters

The Diet enacted a bill to revise the landslide disaster prevention law on Wednesday, after mudslides killed more than 70 people in the city of Hiroshima in August. The revised law allows the central government to demand that prefectural governments speed up basic surveys ...

Black Rain

| Oct 11, 2014

Black Rain

by Kris Kosaka

Masuji Ibuse’s classic 1965 novel “Black Rain” takes readers into the everyday lives of a family poisoned by radiation sickness. The narrative structure carefully balances between the present time of the novel and journal entries from the bombings of Hiroshima to craft a carefully ...

New documents released on Manhattan Project director Oppenheimer

Oct 9, 2014

New documents released on Manhattan Project director Oppenheimer

The U.S. Department of Energy has declassified documents related to a Cold War hearing for the man who directed the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bombs and was later accused of having communist sympathies. The department last week released transcripts of the 1950s ...

Sep 25, 2014

Hiroshima to bid for nuclear-ban conference in 2015

Japan could host a conference of envoys who represent the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization’s group of eminent persons. Preparations are underway to hold the conference, involving experts and former statesmen of the organization, in Hiroshima late next year, government officials said Wednesday. ...