Another 14 A-bomb accounts are posted at website made by former Nagasaki reporter

by Kensuke Murashima, Staff Writer

Akihiko Ito, a former reporter for the Nagasaki Broadcasting Company (NBC), launched a website in 2006 which shares the recorded accounts of A-bomb survivors (hibakusha). He devoted himself to collecting these A-bomb experiences until his death at the age of 72.

Although Mr. Ito passed away in March 2009, new recordings will be added to his website on August 1. In the hope the A-bomb experiences can be handed down to younger generations, the website will include a feature in which visitors can help add transcriptions of the testimonies by listening to the survivors’ voices.

The newly added accounts are from eight hibakusha exposed to the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, five hibakusha from Nagasaki, and one crew member of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru (The Lucky Dragon No. 5), a fishing boat hit by radioactive fallout from a U.S. hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll. Mr. Ito had recorded their accounts in the 1970s.

Mr. Ito launched the website, called “Voices of the survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” in May 2006. The 14 new accounts will be added to the 284 testimonies already on the site.

Yoshihisa Furukawa, 54, a resident of Tokorozawa, near Tokyo, serves as the site’s webmaster. “The new accounts focus on the days after the atomic bombing,” said Mr. Furukawa. “I hope visitors to the site will realize that the fateful moment of the blast does not encompass the full damage of the atomic bombing.”

The URL for Mr. Ito’s website is: http://www.geocities.jp/s20hibaku/voshn/index.html

(Originally published on July 31, 2009)

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