Alumna tells horror of atomic bombing at Hiroshima Jogakuin University  

by Yuichi Ishii, Staff Writer

On July 3, an A-bomb survivor shared her experience as part of a lecture series on the atomic bombing held at Lambuth Hall on the campus of Hiroshima Jogakuin University, located in Higashi Ward, Hiroshima. Hisako Nomura, 83, an alumna of Hiroshima Jogakuin College, the forerunner of the university, and a resident of Hatsukaichi City, spoke to an audience of approximately 450 people.

Ms. Nomura experienced the bombing while inside a streetcar running near the Tokaichi district, about one kilometer from the hypocenter. Exposed to the black rain, too, which fell in the aftermath of the blast, she managed to make it home to Nagatsuka, a suburb of the city, and to her mother and elder sister, despite suffering nausea and cold chills.

“There can be no winner in a nuclear war,” Ms. Nomura stressed. “Only the annihilation of humanity. Human beings have no future under the nuclear threat.”

Yuri Tanigawa, 18, a first-year student, said, “I was impressed with her sincere desire to abolish nuclear weapons. I plan to share her account with my friends.”

The lecture series on the atomic bombing was launched in 1967. Another lecture will be held on the campus on July 10 at 1 o’clock. Nobuo Takahashi, vice chair of the Atomic Bomb Remains Preservation Movement Association, will speak about such issues as the importance of learning and communicating about peace. The lectures are free to the public.

(Originally published on July 4, 2012)