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Peter Chordas
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / ANALYSIS
Mar 22, 2022
Why hasn't Japan signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons?
Despite having signed up to other agreements on the issue, and having public backing for the idea, politics has gotten in the way of a step forward on the treaty.
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PODCAST / deep dive
Aug 6, 2020
Episode 59: Hiroshima, 75 years after the atomic bomb
75 years on from the bombing, the number of survivors able to tell their stories is dwindling as they grow old and die.
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JAPAN
Aug 4, 2020
Sharing Hiroshima's legacy in the age of COVID-19
Amid the pandemic, the city has been looking for ways to help hibakusha tell their stories and let the past live on.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Aug 1, 2020
Is time running out to preserve Japan’s A-bomb legacy?
75 years on, Hiroshima and Nagasaki scramble to preserve the memories of those who survived the atomic bombings
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage / Backstage Pass
Aug 2, 2018
Keeping the lesson of Hiroshima alive through one family's story
With only a chair, a lamp and a book to assist him, Tatsushi Amano, 54, has been providing dynamic glimpses into the hardships of postwar Hiroshima since 2009.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LEARNING CURVE
Aug 1, 2018
60 years after Sadako Sasaki's death, the story behind Hiroshima's paper cranes is still unfolding
Young A-bomb victim's message resonates globally thanks largely to her classmates, who turned the origami bird into an icon of peace.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Aug 17, 2017
Nuclear issues aren't a problem for Hiroshima's punk acts — politics are
"Adults are stupid," says Shinji Okoda, who is better known in Hiroshima as "Guy," the vocalist for hardcore punk band Origin of M and owner of Disk Shop Misery and Bloodsucker Records. At 52, he certainly appears to have some authority in the matter.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LEARNING CURVE
Aug 2, 2017
Hope after the horror revealed in letters from postwar Hiroshima
Sixty years on, letters that formed the basis of Austrian writer Jungk's acclaimed account of life after the A-bomb are set to be published.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Feb 5, 2017
Never Again celebrates 20 years with a punk round robin
In the shadow of Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome, where dimly-lit music venues sit atop the ashes of a former atomic wasteland, the spirit of punk clings like stale smoke after a bar show.

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People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
Can Japan's summer music festivals adapt to a post-pandemic reality?