Hibakusha Calls For Abolition Of Nuclear Arms

Hibakusha calls for abolition of nuclear arms

A Japanese atomic bomb survivor called for global nuclear disarmament during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

Jiro Hamasumi was in his mother's womb when a nuclear bomb exploded above Hiroshima in 1945. He lost his father to the blast and her mother suffered from radiation exposure as she searched for him.

Opinion: Japan's Betrayal Of The Hibakusha

OPINION: Japan's betrayal of the hibakusha

One hundred and twenty-two nations voted on July 7 to adopt the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons -- a historic agreement to outlaw, for all time, the very worst weapons of mass destruction. Regrettably, Japan was not among them. It has so far refused to support this crucial new treaty.

Its stance is a betrayal of the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- the hibakusha -- whose suffering the treaty acknowledges in its preamble. For decades, they have warned of the horrors of nuclear war and appealed for disarmament. The government, shamefully, has ignored their pleas.

Top Court Says Hibakusha Living Overseas Entitled To Medical Costs

Top court says hibakusha living overseas entitled to medical costsThe Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling Sept. 8 by ordering the government to pay medical costs of atomic bomb survivors living overseas, a decision that will affect thousands of people.
Upholding an Osaka High Court ruling in 2014, the top court's third petty bench said the Atomic Bomb Survivors’ Support Law must be applied "even when atomic bomb survivors received medical treatment abroad.”

Artist Shizumi Shigeto Manale Makes Film Inspired By Stories Of Hibakusha Children

Artist Shizumi Shigeto Manale makes film inspired by stories of hibakusha childrenAfter the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, a heartbroken U.S. church pastor who wanted to help alleviate the suffering there sent off a box of writing materials to children in the city. Pictures that were subsequently drawn in the spring of 1948 by students from Hiroshima's Honkawa Elementary School and sent back in gratitude -- to be rediscovered years later inside the All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington D.C. -- was a story that went on to inspire the film "Pictures From a Hiroshima Schoolyard," produced by artist Shizumi Shigeto Manale.