@16 days until Hiroshima Summit: Survivors of Nagasaki atomic bombing

by Yumi Kanazaki, Staff Writer

Nagasaki, where the atomic bomb was dropped three days after Hiroshima, has a different issue than Hiroshima when people try to obtain the Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate.

In Nagasaki, only those who were within the area about 12 kilometers north and south and about 7 kilometers east and west of the hypocenter at the time of the bombing can apply for the certificate. The boundaries were drawn in accordance with governmental administrative districts, not in a concentric fashion. Some people who were outside the area also complain of ill health caused by the radiation, but the national government only recognizes those who were within a radius of 12 kilometers of the hypocenter as “persons who experienced the atomic bombing” who “suffer from physical ailments arising from psychological factors related to their experiences.”

There were people who experienced the atomic bombings in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many of them were working for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at the time, which had its shipyards in both cities. Tsutomu Yamaguchi (who died in 2010 at the age of 93) was one of them. He continued to appeal for peace from Nagasaki while fighting disease.

(Originally published on May 3, 2023)