How The Japan Times reported the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


Staff Writer

This newspaper described the ebb and flow of the war in considerable detail. Censorship was in operation, but the Nippon Times offered voluminous coverage in English based on statements by the Imperial authorities, reports by vernacular Japanese newspapers and foreign news agency dispatches, archival records show.

News of the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima was approved for print the following day and the Aug. 8 edition contained a terse statement within a longer article about U.S. and British air raids.

“Hiroshima was attacked by a small number of Superforts at 8:20 a.m. Monday,” the newspaper said, referring to the U.S. B-29 Superfortress bomber. “The enemy dropped explosives and incendiaries. Damage is now being investigated.”

Readers had to wait a further day to get a sense of the severity.

“New-type bombs were used by the small number of Superforts that raided Hiroshima on Monday morning, causing considerable damage to the city quarters,” the newspaper said on Aug. 9, citing an Imperial Headquarters statement.

“The explosive power of the new bomb is now under investigation, but it is considered that it should not be made light of,” the newspaper said.

If readers in Japan were spared the details, the bomb’s horror was by now known overseas. The Nippon Times alluded to this in its Aug. 9 report, saying a Vatican spokesman had referred to the bomb as “a further step in the direction of indiscriminate deployment of means of destruction.”

Meanwhile on Aug. 9, the city of Nagasaki was destroyed in history’s second atomic bombing. The newspaper first mentioned this on Aug. 12, quoting military authorities as calling the damage “comparatively slight.” It failed to report that city’s destruction until a full 16 days after the event, and gave no reason for this.

The archives show how authorities responded to the attacks. On Aug. 10, the newspaper conveyed advice for new air raid procedures. “The new-type bomb . . . is dropped by parachute. At about 500 to 600 meters above the ground, it issues a strong light and explodes. The blast of the bomb is powerful and strong heat is spread all over.”

It quoted the Home Ministry as telling people to seek shelter even if only a lone plane appears.

“Choose a shelter which has a covering. In case there is no cover, one should protect oneself with a blanket or futon.”

The ministry added, “People in the open are likely to suffer burns. … The hands and legs should be given full protection.”

On Aug. 10, the Imperial authorities delivered a protest to Washington via the Swiss government, saying that although the U.S. had disavowed the use of poison gas on account of its indiscriminate nature, this bomb was far worse.

The protest accused the U.S. of committing “a sin against the culture of the human race by using a bomb which harms more indiscriminately and is more cruel than any weapon or missile which has been used in the past.”

It described Hiroshima as “a common ordinary urban community without any particular military defense facilities. … By individual cases of damage done, it was unprecedentedly cruel.”

The Japanese people learned of the surrender on Aug. 15 when the Emperor’s recorded address was broadcast to the nation. The following day, the Nippon Times described a conference at the Imperial Palace “which had no precedent in history.”

It said Emperor Hirohito had addressed ministers and heads of the Imperial army and navy, saying ” ‘Whatever happens to Us, We cannot stand to see the nation suffer further hardships.’

“All those in attendance, upon hearing these benevolent Imperial Words, burst into tears in spite of the August presence,” it said.

  • Oliver_K_Manuel

    Thank you for reporting this information from August 1945. My research mentor, a nuclear geochemist from the Imperial University of Tokyo – Dr. P. K. Kuroda (aka Kazuo Kuroda) – correctly realized while standing in the ruins of Hiroshima in Aug 1945, “the birth of the world may have been just like this.”

    • Oliver_K_Manuel

      The quote is from page 2 of Kuroda’s book, “Synthesis of the Chemical Elements and the Oklo Phenomenon.”

    • Oliver_K_Manuel

      In 1956, Kuroda predicted the natural nuclear reactor that was discovered in the Oklo uranium mine at Oklo in 1972.

      In 1960, Kuroda reported decay products from extinct Plutonium-244 in Earth’s atmosphere.

      In 1964, Marvin Rowe and Kuroda discovered decay products from extinct Plutonium-244 in the Pasamonte meteorite.

      Later, Kuroda and Myers used the decay products from Uranium-238 and Plutonium-244 in the Earth, Moon and meteorites to show our chemical elements were made in a super-nova explosion five billion years (5 Ga) at the birth of the solar system.

    • Oliver_K_Manuel

      For seventy years (1945-2015) truth about the Creator,
      Destroyer and Sustainer
      of atoms in the solar system has been hidden from the public.

  • Oliver_K_Manuel

    To hide truths revealed by Hiroshima’s destruction, the integrity of sovereign governments and government science were destroyed by uniting nations after WWII, especially astronomy, astrophysics, climatology, cosmology, geology, nuclear, particle, planetary, solar and theoretical physics.

    The divine simplicity of our beautiful, bountiful and benevolent universe is now obscured by 97% Consensus Science (UN)Truths purchased with public research funds for greedy propaganda artists.

    • MasaF

      Absolutely. This sort of misinformation campaign by Those In Power has done much damage to our world and only a few of us are aware. For example, few understand that Kennedy was offed by the CIA because he was about to unveil the truth about UFOs, the evidence of which has been hidden in a secret location called area 51 for decades. Before he was offed, he (or someone in his family circle) likely cause the death of Marilyn Monroe because of her knowledge of the Kennedy/Soviet Union/Mafia connections.

      And most troubling of all that is that Those In Power are able to conceal that another human civilization is living under the earths crust and using us as guinea pigs in cruel experiments. Obviously they don’t care if the earth warms, as they’ll be snug underground. After we had all been fried, then they can come up above the earth’s surface and rule the world along with Those In Power.

      A tip of the hat to you, Oliver, for pointing this out. (I trust that you are not one of Those In Power, even though your first name is the same as Oliver North’s, the notorious fellow who armed the Sandinistas or something like that in a war to distract the sheeple from the truth. May the force be with you, Sir.

      • Oliver_K_Manuel

        Thank you for your kindness.

        The seventy year effort to forbid public knowledge of the source of energy in atomic bombs – NEUTRON REPULSION – has instead destroyed the integrity and utility of modern astronomy, astrophysics, climatology, cosmology, geology, nuclear, particle, planetary, solar and theoretical physics.