Sixty-eight years ago today, Katsuhiko Ueno suddenly lost his father, sister and a brother when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Ueno, 80, who now runs a pottery store in Kochi, had never made up his mind to attend a peace memorial ceremony in Hiroshima, nor had he talked about his own traumatic experience of the atomic bombing. His father, sister and brother instantly perished in Hiroshima at the age of 49, 19, and 16, respectively, on Aug. 6, 1945.
Because of the nature of his earthenware business, Ueno has long strived to promote private-sector exchanges between Japan and China, but tensions have been rising between Tokyo and Beijing over a territorial dispute. He has watched as a movement has emerged to revise the pacifist Constitution, which he himself values highly.