Name list of unclaimed victims of atomic bombing displayed throughout Japan

by Uzaemonnaotsuka Tokai, Staff Writer

A list of the names of 820 victims of the atomic bombing was posted throughout Japan on July 17. The remains of these victims, a portion of the remains of about 70,000 people that have been stored in the Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, are still unclaimed though their names were identified. The name list will remain posted until the end of October to seek contact from family members.

The list is ordered according to the Japanese syllabary and is printed on a sheet of paper one meter long and 70 centimeters wide. To provide further clues, information related to the deceased, such as addresses and ages, is also included.

Tomoe Kamisako, 85, was studying the name list in the lobby on the first floor of Hiroshima City Hall. “My brother-in-law is still missing,” she said, looking intently for his name. “I want to find his remains somehow.”

This year, the City of Hiroshima is seeking cooperation from 2,019 entities nationwide, including the governments of prefectures and A-bomb survivors’ organizations. In Hiroshima, the list is posted at 163 locations, including Hiroshima Station.

The list has been released to the public every summer since 1968. Over the past five years, since 2004, the family members for nine victims have been located.

(Originally published on July 18, 2009)

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