Images of Korean survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima who later returned to live in South Korea will be displayed in Japan this summer.
Kenji Suzuki, the Japanese photographer who took the pictures, said he spent three years compiling a portrait of the lives of survivors who now live in the city of Hapchon in South Kyungsang Province.
The photo exhibit will be shown in Tokyo’s Ginza Nikon salon from July 31 to Aug. 5 and at the Nagasaki Shimbun cultural hall in the southwestern city from Aug. 7 to 12.
Suzuki said he is trying to show the exhibit in Hiroshima and other locations.
The photos show the physical and mental anguish and economic hardships of some of the victims, the 68-year-old freelance photographer said.
A South Korean association for atomic bomb victims said about 30 percent of the some 2,700 survivors registered with it live in Hapchon, which hosts the only nursing home for hibakusha in South Korea.
Many Koreans were in Hiroshima when the bomb was dropped. Most were brought as forced laborers from the Korean Peninsula — under Japanese colonial rule.
“I want the Japanese people to see how the atomic bomb victims in South Korea are calling for the (Japanese) law to support A-bomb victims to be applied to them, just like it is to the Japanese survivors,” Suzuki said.