SAN FRANCISCO – Atomic bomb survivor and historian Shigeaki Mori attended a screening in San Francisco on Thursday of a documentary film on his life’s work as he made his first visit to the United States.
Mori, 81, spent some 40 years researching 12 U.S. prisoners of war who died from the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, in the closing days of World War II. At the screening of “Paper Lanterns,” Mori, who was exposed to radiation from the bomb, said he was backed by the spirits of the 12 U.S. victims.
His research has been praised by the U.S. government. On May 27, 2016, then-President Barack Obama hugged Mori during his historic visit to Hiroshima in a scene that was conveyed by media across the world.
“I’m glad that I didn’t stop my research,” Mori told the audience at the screening. “Let’s make the 21st century (an age for) a peaceful world.”
Mori is also slated to attend a memorial ceremony in Massachusetts for the U.S. A-bomb victims and other screening events for the documentary, including at U.N. headquarters in New York.