Sept. 28: Nagasaki atomic bomb survivor will speak on family’s experience, bring message of peace

Aftermath of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, August 9, 1945.
Aftermath of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, August 9, 1945.

Survivors of the atomic bomb blasts are called “hibakusha” in Japanese. Michiko Harada was 6 years old at the time of the Nagasaki bombing. Both of her parents were exposed to the radiation and eventually died from related illnesses, as did her grandfather and brother.

Michiko Harada
Michiko Harada visits the Twin Cities as part of the sister city relationship between St. Paul and Nagaski, a partnership that started in 1955. The partnership commemorates its 60th anniversary this year.

Harada will touch on her experiences in a talk she will deliver at 1 p.m., Monday Sept. 28, at the Metropolitan State University Midway Campus. Her 20-minute talk will cover her family’s experience with the bomb and the radiation’s effects on health, as well as a message of peace to emphasize that peace cannot be taken for granted and must be maintained by informed citizens.

The event from 1 to 2:30 pm. is open. Reservations are not needed, but those wishing to bring a class are asked to contact Michal Moskow (e-mail michal.moskow@metrostate.edu).

This is the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs and the 60th anniversary of the Nagasaki-St. Paul Sister City agreement, the first between cities of the United States and Asia.

Harada will be accompanied by Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall Director Masanobu Chita, Nagiko Yokoyama also from the Nagasaki Peace Memorial and interpreter Neill Geoff. Their visit is courtesy of the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims, which produced the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Exhibition being shown at the Landmark Center through Nov. 28, 2015.


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