One of the survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb died at the age of 96

Sunao Tsuboi (EFE)

The Japanese Sunao Tsuboi, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, He died last Sunday at the age of 96, as reported today by the family of one of the country’s best-known “hibakusha” and anti-nuclear activists.

Tsuboi died on October 24 at a hospital in Hiroshima, in southwestern Japan. The cause of death was a heart arrhythmia caused by anemia, reported Nihon Hidankyo, the national group of survivors he chaired until his death.

Tsuboi was 20 years old and a university student when the western Japanese city was the target of the first nuclear attack in history, which surprised him on the way to his study center and caused severe burns to his face and arm and lost part of an ear.

The Japanese Sunao Tsuboi, survivor of the atomic bomb of Hiroshima (Grosby)
The Japanese Sunao Tsuboi, survivor of the atomic bomb of Hiroshima (Grosby)
Sunao Tsuboi (Grosby)
Sunao Tsuboi (Grosby)

When he regained consciousness 40 days after the bomb, the war was over. He was so weak and covered in scars that at first he could only crawl on the ground.

The scars that remained were one of his hallmarks during a life that devoted to teaching and anti-nuclear activism, serving as president of the Atomic Bomb Survivors Association (known in Japanese as “hibakusha”) and traveling the world to tell your story.

It was like a huge flash of light. I covered my eyes and shot out. When I got up I realized that I was covered in blood ”, reported Tsuboi, who had a brief meeting with former US President Barack Obama, during his historic visit to Hiroshima in 2016.

Sunao Tsuboi junto a Barack Obama en 2016 (AP)
Sunao Tsuboi junto a Barack Obama en 2016 (AP)

The elderly Japanese man said that he wanted to thank the US president for his visit and tell him that he did not hold any grudges, before the ceremony in memory of the victims held in the Peace Park on the 71st anniversary of the bombing.

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Tsuboi “helped on different occasions to our goal of achieving a world without nuclear weapons“, Said today the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, who also has roots in Hiroshima and affirmed that he will” engrave in his memory “the legacy of the” hibakusha “, in a message through his official Twitter account.

The atomic bomb dropped on August 6, 1945 reduced Hiroshima to rubble and ash and killed nearly 140,000 people on the spot., although the toll of victims later rose to almost 329,000 due to the effects of radiation.

(AP)
(AP)

The United States carried out a second nuclear attack on Nagasaki three days later which also left hundreds of thousands dead and forced the Japanese capitulation and the end of World War II.

Tsuboi was one of the 127,755 survivors of the atomic attacks on both cities who remained alive, according to data provided last August by the Japanese Government, which also showed an average age of the “hibakusha” of 83 – 94 years.

(with information from EFE)

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