Thursday, March 24, 2011

Nagasaki man recalls the nuke nightmare

Here is a heart-warming YouTube video of Yoshiro Amawaki who recalls the time when his home town Nagasaki suffered the devastating effects of radiation when the atomic bomb was dropped in the city 65 years ago.
Then 11 years old, Yoshiro said the full effects of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi explosion is yet to reveal itself after many years.
He said, "The results of the contamination will not just end after the event. It will be handed down from generation to generation."
Since he was 35, he has had kidney and liver problems. He has survived cancer two times already. Every time he falls ill now, he feels that it could be his last battle.
Yoshiro has four daughters. The two elder has leukemia—a blood malignancy. Another daughter has breast cancer.
The Nagasaki man survived the blast that was exposed to lethal levels of radiation during his two trips to the hypocenter—to find his father, then to bury him.
The senior citizen thinks that it will be wise to flee Fukushima.
"I don't think the public or the government is overreacting in this situation. I think the people must take all the precautionary measures they can to avoid the worst."
Author's note: I have visited Nagasaki twice, in 2006 and in 2008. The city that turned into dust during the Second World War has blossomed into a beautiful flower. It is lovely. It is charming.
It seems unimaginable that a deadly bomb was dropped there.
I have seen the places shown in the video. The hypocenter, which is the landmark, is the highlight of the place.
I have seen the remains, the photos, and videos of the devastated city in the War Museum. It was a chilling experience.
I saw a clock that stopped right after the bomb was dropped. It was a nightmare, indeed.
Japan had been into the worse events in its history. The Japanese people rose from the ground. The Tohoku quake that was complicated by the Fukushima blast is another test to their might. I have not doubt that they will bounce back dramatically.
See my four Nagasaki photos here.

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