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“POWs’ sacrifice will not be in vain”: Hibakusha vows to help eliminate nuclear weapons

  • August 6, 2016
  • , Asahi evening edition , p. 8
  • Translation

After spending many years researching American POWs who were killed by the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, A-bomb survivor Shigeaki Mori (79) was commended for his work and given the opportunity to meet with President Obama in Hiroshima. At 8:15 a.m., he prayed for the POWs at the memorial monument built on the premises of a former POW camp in Naka-Ward, Hiroshima City. Mori promised them, “I will make efforts together with the President to achieve the abolishment of nuclear weapons, so that your deaths will not be in vain.”


For many years the U.S. government had concealed the names of the U.S. servicemen who died as a result of the atomic bombing. President Obama, during his speech in Hiroshima, acknowledged that “a dozen Americans held prisoner” lost their lives. Since that moment, Mori’s life has changed dramatically. He has received numerous requests for speaking engagements both in Japan and overseas. Mori is currently conducting research on British and Dutch POWs who were killed by the atomic bomb in Nagasaki.


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