NCO Club: Off Topic Discussions => The Aisles: Non-military News and Snippets => Topic started by: Koen on 25 March 2009, 21:00:58

Title: Man survived both atomic bombings
Post by: Koen on 25 March 2009, 21:00:58 (

Japan has certified a man aged 93 as the only known survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both hit by atomic bombs towards the end of World War II.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip on 6 August 1945 when a US plane dropped the first atomic bomb.

He suffered serious burns and spent a night there before returning to his home city of Nagasaki just before it was bombed on 9 August.

He said he hoped his experience held a lesson of peace for future generations.

'Horrifying history'

It was already recorded that Mr Yamaguchi had survived the Nagasaki bomb but on Tuesday officials recognised that he had been in Hiroshima as well.

More than 200,000 people were killed in the two atomic bombings

Certification as a hibakusha or radiation survivor qualifies Japanese citizens for government compensation, including medical check-ups, and funeral costs.

His double dose of atomic bombs, however, does not mean Mr Yamaguchi's compensation will increase, a Nagasaki city official said.

"My double radiation exposure is now an official government record," Mr Yamaguchi told reporters.

"It can tell the younger generation the horrifying history of the atomic bombings even after I die."

About 140,000 people were killed in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki.

Many survivors fell sick with radiation-related illnesses, including cancers, for years after the bombings.

Title: Re: Man survived both atomic bombings
Post by: Alan65 on 25 March 2009, 21:48:45
Your post reminded me of reading of a man who survived both atomic blasts in 1945.  A quick search led me to the Time-Life series of WWII books, in the volume entitled The Fall of Japan, p.128, tells the story of Shigeyoshi Morimoto who was on business in Hiroshima and returned home to Nagasaki in time to tell his wife of "a great blue flash" and then get hit by another.  The source of this story is not clear; a google search of his name leads to two citations of this story one in a forum and one in a poem from a New Zealand poet. 

I wonder if the Japanese government ever recognized Mr. Morimoto, too.

Title: Re: Man survived both atomic bombings
Post by: FACman on 26 March 2009, 00:47:19
This is exactly why I'd rather be 'Lucky', than 'Good'.