In 1945 a man survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima, dragged himself to an air-raid shelter, spent the night, caught the morning train so he could arrive at his job on time – in Nagasaki – where he survived another atomic blast.
Tsutomu Yamaguchi is a Nijuu hibakusha, a man who survived both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb blasts.
The messages talk about a Man who is claimed to have survived both the Atomic Bomb Blasts that happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Cities of Japan in 1945. Yes, it is a fact, the fortunate (or unfortunate) man is Tsutomu Yamaguchi.
In Japan, the people who have suffered the effects of both the atomic bombings of 1945 are known as Niju Hibakusha. In 2006, a documentary called “Twice Bombed, Twice Survived: The Doubly Atomic Bombed of Hiroshima and Nagasaki” was produced, which in fact found 165 cases of undocumented people who were victims of both the bombings. This production was even screened at the United Nations. However, on 24 March 2009, the Japanese government officially recognized Tsutomu Yamaguchi as a double hibakusha, who survived both the World War II atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
About Tsutomu Yamaguchi
In 1945, Tsutomu Yamaguchi was a 29 year old (born on 16 March 1916) engineer working for Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, and was dispatched to Hiroshima to help design a new cargo ship. On 6th August 1945, when a US B-29 bomber plane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima city, Yamaguchi suffered serious burns to his upper body and spent the night in the city. He was confirmed to be 3 kilometers from ground zero in Hiroshima when the bomb was detonated. He survived it, and eventually managed to get himself onto a train to return back to his hometown of Nagasaki on 8th August 1945 – a day before the second atomic bomb was dropped in Nagasaki. Here, Yamaguchi was exposed to residual radiation while searching for his relatives.
This way Tsutomu Yamaguchi became the first man to be recognized as the survivor of both atomic bomb blasts in Japan during World War II. The video is a news report where Yamaguchi talks about his experience during the dual bombing. However, on 4 January 2010 Tsutomu Yamaguchi died of stomach cancer, at the age of 93.
About Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombing
The atomic bombings in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were conducted by the United States of America in 1945. This was during the final stages of World War II, and till date, these two events are the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
This way Japan became the only country to have suffered two atomic bomb attacks, which killed about 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki, leaving many more people suffering from the after effects of radiation. The pictures in Image Gallery show a glimpse of this human-made disaster. Tsutomu Yamaguchi recalls about the incidents, not understanding whether he was lucky to survive the bombings, or unfortunate to have faced the misery and suffering of millions of people. He wishes and hopes that world will never use such nuclear weapons again. Tsutomu Yamaguchi quotes saying:
“The only people who should be allowed to govern countries with nuclear weapons are mothers, those who are still breast-feeding their babies.”
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