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Friday, August 6, 2010

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony is held on August 6th every year.
I have never been to Hiroshima and have no experience of war, so I have no right to say about it. However, we are provided with a window on various aspects of the atomic bombing.

I happened to see a TV program on rain containing radioactive soot and dust called black rain yesterday. The report said the nuclear cloud in Hiroshima climbed into the sky more highly than initially envisioned, so black rain caused by the cloud should have fallen more widely.

Today, Japanese Health Minister Akira Nagatsuma announced his determination to verify the accuracy of this information and review the designated areas where the law to help the victims of atomic bombings applies.

Due to secondary exposure to atomic bomb such as being exposed to the black rain and entering the disaster area to search for family members shortly after atomic bombing, many people developed atomic bomb disease.
Even now, we haven't been able to grasp the whole situation about effects of the atomic bomb.

Years ago, NHK drew testimony from atom-bomb survivors and broadcasted a documentary about August 6th in 1945.
Most of them expressed regret that they could not save dying people who were pleading for help on the day. Some said they were sorry for the dead to be the only one surviving although their friends and acquaintances died.

The following message is inscribed on the monument to the atomic-bomb victims.

"Let all the souls here rest in peace
For we shall not repeat the evil"

"we" means all the people in the world.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial(commonly known as the Genbaku Dome) was designated a World Heritage site in 1996. It used to be the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall designed by the Czech architect Jan Letzel.
How does he feel about his architectural work that has become famous in this way?

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