The growth of an A-bombed tree in the Dominican Republic

by Hiromi Morita, Staff Writer

The Hiroshima-Dominican Republic Aogiri Friendship Association, a citizens' group which visited the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica in late January with seeds from a second-generation Chinese Parasol tree that had survived the atomic bombing, held a briefing at their office in downtown Hiroshima on March 6, 2008.

Takashi Mizuno, the leader of the delegation and a former director of the RCC Broadcasting Company, shared the details of their trip. Illustrating his talk with video and photographs, Mr. Mizuno described the group's activities in the Dominican Republic, where the delegation of five gave seeds of the Chinese Parasol tree to the citizens of that nation.

The Friendship Association is formed mainly from a support group for Dominican players within the Hiroshima Toyo Carp baseball team. The delegation that visited the Dominican Republic in January saw that tree saplings delivered eight years ago by this support group are now over one meter tall.

The delegation also visited Costa Rica, which has a peace constitution, and presented seeds to the staff of the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Mr. Mizuno remarked, “We hope these Chinese Parasol trees, symbols of opposition to nuclear weapons and the preciousness of life, will spread throughout Central and South America.”