• Kyodo


A national peace memorial hall in Nagasaki says it will hold its annual overseas exhibition on the two atomic bombings this year in the of St. Paul, Minnesota, with which it has a sister-city relationship.

The exhibition, organized by the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, will be held from Aug. 22 to Nov. 28. The institution has held the event annually since 2005, including twice in the United States.

According to Japanese officials, St. Paul holds ceremonies to mourn the atomic bomb victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki every year. Nagasaki and St. Paul have been sister cities since 1955. It was the first Japanese-U.S. city partnership.

The peace memorial hall plans to display panoramic photographs of the epicenter of the atomic blasts and written accounts of the atomic bomb survivors.

Michiko Harada, a 76-year-old survivor, is expected to travel to the Minnesota capital in late September to talk about her experiences.

“The scene of the burning city is seared into my memories. I want to convey the horror of the nuclear weapons to as many people as possible,” she said.

The United States dropped the bombs on Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9 in 1945. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, bringing World War II to an end.

Casualties by the end of that year were estimated at 140,000 in Hiroshima and 74,000 in Nagasaki.