A-bomb survivors protest U.S. subcritical nuclear test

On October 13, the Hiroshima Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs and the Hiroshima Prefectural Confederation of A-bomb Sufferers Organizations, the latter of which is chaired by Kunihiko Sakuma, staged a protest on the Motoyasu River bridge in downtown Hiroshima in reaction to the revelation that the United States held a subcritical nuclear test last December.

About 30 people, mainly A-bomb survivors, collected signatures for the “Hibakusha Appeal,” which calls for nuclear abolition, and raised their voices, saying that the U.S. subcritical nuclear test would never be condoned. They also held up a protest banner. Tokiko Takada, 80, a resident of Kitahiroshima-cho in Hiroshima Prefecture, who lost her older brother in the atomic bombing, signed her name and said, “I’m outraged by this nuclear test. I hope no one will ever suffer the agony of loss, like I did, again.”

The two organizations sent a fax to the U.S. embassy in Tokyo, conveying their protest and calling for the end of U.S. nuclear tests.

(Originally published on October 14, 2018)