• Kyodo


A ceremony was held Friday here at Peace Memorial Park in memory of Koreans who perished in the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of the city.

Gathering in front of a cenotaph dedicated to A-bomb victims from what is now South Korea, survivors and relatives of the dead offered prayers as a list of the victims’ names, with four new ones added from the past year, was placed inside the memorial.

“We pledge to pass on the history and memories of the hibakusha, as well as the emotions they have entrusted to us, to the next generation so they will never fade,” Pak So Sung, head of the Hiroshima regional chapter of the pro-Seoul Korean Residents Union in Japan (Mindan), said in his address to the gathering.

A-bomb survivor Kang Moon Hee, 86, said: “We who are alive today have the responsibility to protect this wonderful peace (around us.) We must oppose war, nuclear weapons and discrimination at any cost.”

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