A-bomb survivor, anti-nuclear movement leader Senji Yamaguchi dies at 82


Senji Yamaguchi, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and a leading figure in Japan’s anti-nuclear movement, died at a hospital in Nagasaki Prefecture on Saturday, his family said. He was 82.

Yamaguchi, who sustained keloid scars at age 14 when the U.S. A-bombed the city on Aug. 9, 1945. He was working as a member of a student corps at a Nagasaki weapons factory at the time of the bombing.

He joined the anti-nuclear arms movement in 1955. Yamaguchi later served as one of three chairmen of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations for 29 years through 2010.

Speaking at the United Nations second special session on disarmament in 1982, he appealed to the international community to ensure that nuclear attacks never occur again.

“No more Hiroshimas, no more Nagasakis, no more war, no more hibakusha (A-bomb survivors),” he told the session.

  • kyushuphil

    Condolences to his family.

    I hope some young people in his family carry forward his legacy, with skill, tact, arts, and fervor to keep his memory alive, and memory of those events, even as many want to pretend it’s just history, over, un-connected to us now.

  • A historian in the making…

    He was a hero within himself, as well as for the younger generation of Nagasaki. He lived through the torture he endured as a young man, but lived to tell his story, and i am proud ,but sadden ed to know that our nations couldn’t get along with one another. I pray that his legacy be carried on by his family, and also by his fellow people of Nagasaki.,,

  • Ray Wilson

    Senji Yamaguchi wrote about his life, “Burnt Yet Undaunted.” published by Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo) Sept. 2002. Well worth reading.