@90 days until Hiroshima Summit: Preservation work for A-bomb Dome

by Kyoko Niiyama, Staff Writer

In 1967, the year after permanent preservation was decided, preservation work for the Atomic Bomb Dome, located in Hiroshima’s Naka Ward, was carried out. The late Shojiro Futakuchi, an employee of a construction company who was in charge of the construction site, said before his death that the dome had deteriorated more than he had imagined and it was difficult work. Workers took great care to prevent it from collapsing; filling cracks in the walls and gaps between the bricks with resin glue.

The Hiroshima City government has conducted preservation work five times so far. The year before last, the steel of the dome was repainted from pink to dark brown, based on color photos taken by the U.S. military after the A-bombing. The A-bomb Dome Preservation Fund, funds for which are donated from all over Japan, covers construction costs. Towards the 100th anniversary of the A-bombing, the dome continues to quietly appeal the cruelty of nuclear weapons.

(Originally published on February 18, 2023)