Offspring Upholding Hibakusha Legacy

Article describes effort of Toyoko Tasaki and Yukino Hirayama, two second generation hibakusha, who recently travelled to New York for the 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.  The article describes the difficulties of the first generation of hibakusha and the responsibility felt by the second generation to get more involved.

May 10, 2015 – The Japan Times

Hibakusha: A-bomb Survivor Still Regrets Lie From Time of Bombing

Discusses Goro Matsuyama, survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima, discusses his experiences and survivors’ guilt in surviving as a hibakusha.  Also discusses his original reticence to discuss his experiences for fear of discrimination, and talks about his plans to attend the 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York in publicize the dangers of nuclear weapons.

April 23, 2015 – The Mainichi Daily

A-bomb Survivors to Visit New York to Share Their Experiences

Article relates the current push by hibakusha around the 2015 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Review Conference that began on April 27, 2015 in New York, New York.  Discussion focuses on a group of four hibakusha from Kanagawa Prefecture, who plan to attend the conference to publicize their anti-nuclear position.

April 22, 2015 – The Mainichi Daily

Residents Not Giving Up Despite Court Setback Over Reactor Restarts

Details the continuing activities of activists against the restart of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plants.  Article focuses on Akiko Morinaga, third-generation descendant of hibakusha from Hiroshima, and how her knowledge of her family history helped spur her current activism against nuclear power plant construction and restarts.

April 22, 2015 – The Mainichi Daily

Hibakusha: Children’s Author Recalls Father’s Efforts to Search for Students After A-bomb

Describes the story of Masamoto Nasu, children’s fiction author, who wrote a 1984 book about Sadako Sasaki, who had died of leukemia at age 12, following her exposure to nuclear radiation in Hiroshima.  In the article, he describes his experiences and growing realization that he himself was a hibakusha.

April 22, 2015 – The Mainichi Daily

Kagoshima Court Denies Petition to Halt Sendai N-reactor Restart

The Kagoshima District Court denied a petition that sought to place a halt on the restart of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture.  At issue was the question of the safety standards that were set by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, which the 12 petitioners argue are inadequate and based upon incorrect assumptions of possible seismic activity.

April 22, 2015 – The Yomiuri Shimbun

Hibakusha: Despite Dementia, A-bomb Microcephaly Patient Remains Full of Memories

Details the story of Kimie Kishi, who was exposed to nuclear radiation in the womb during the bombing of Hiroshima, who was born with microcephaly as well as a leg disability.  Article highlights the difficulties facing children who had been exposed in utero, particularly when their family support network is gone.

April 20, 2015 – The Mainichi Daily

Hibakusha: For A-bomb Survivor and Activist, Key to Future is Young Generations

Details the story of Emiko Okada, a survivor of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, and details the difficulties encountered when working to raise educational awareness about nuclear issues in the U.S.  Discusses the need for the younger generation to address nuclear issues.

April 21, 2015 – The Mainichi Daily

Editorial: Court Ban on Restarting Takahama Nuclear Plant Serves as Serious Warning

The Fukui District Court issued a provisional injunction that will halt the reactivation of nuclear reactors No. 3 and 4 at the Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) facility in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, suggesting that new inspection standards are too lax, based on new projections of potential earthquake and tsunami risks.

April 15, 2015 – The Mainichi Daily