July 30, 1995 |
Jonathan Parfrey knows that the debate over the atomic bomb is far from over. Fifty years after the United States dropped bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki--resulting in Japan's surrender and the end of World War II--the subject is still painful for many. "The issue still has a mythic hold on Americans, which keeps it alive," says Parfrey, executive director of the Santa Monica-based activist organization Physicians for Social Responsibility.
July 13, 1985 |
The art of this exhibit is sometimes grim: drawings of atomic bomb survivors, death masks constructed from ashes and clay taken from Auschwitz and Hiroshima. The message of this exhibit, though, is hopeful: that by examining past and present horrors, a future without those horrors might be envisioned. That's the stated aim of the "Imagine There's a Future" arts festival, opening at eight area galleries today.
July 9, 1989 |
Kanji Kuramoto, his voice cracking with emotion, recalled his frantic search through the rubble of Hiroshima 44 years ago for his missing father. At his side sat nearly a dozen Japanese and American doctors, all assembled in San Francisco to administer the latest round of medical checkups to people who survived the atomic bomb blasts that leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. No one in the room stirred as Kuramoto, 63, related his story. His father was never found.
April 22, 1990 |
This is a company town. One out of 18 people here is financially dependent on the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipyard, where the finishing touches are being put on the first passenger vessel the yard has built in more than 40 years.
August 9, 1985 |
With air raid sirens blaring and church bells tolling, thousands of people braved typhoon rains today to mark the day 40 years ago when a U.S. atomic bomb leveled Nagasaki. At 11:02 a.m. on Aug. 9, 1945, an atomic bomb called "Fat Man" was dropped on Nagasaki, killing more than 70,000 people in a bid by the United States to end the Pacific war. At that same minute today, the wail of air raid sirens resounded throughout the port city, 600 miles southwest of Tokyo.
August 5, 1985 |
Ferns collected from Nagasaki show unusually high mutation rates and may offer the first evidence that plants were damaged genetically by the atomic bomb dropped there in World War II, according to researchers at the University of Massachusetts. Plant geneticist Edward J. Klekowski Jr. and biologist Shigeo Masuyama of Tokyo Women's Christian University grew more than 500 mutants from spores they collected last fall from wild ferns near the hypocenter of the bomb.
March 10, 1989 |
Kermit Beahan, who dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki and said he wanted the distinction of being the last man ever to use the device on humans, died after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 70. Beahan died Thursday, a day after he underwent prostate surgery in a hospital in nearby Nassau Bay. Beahan was the bombardier on the plane that dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city on Aug. 9, 1945, killing an estimated 70,000 people.
January 20, 1990 |
Citizens and officials expressed outrage Friday over the attempted assassination of Nagasaki's mayor by an ultranationalist who said he "couldn't condone" the mayor's comments about the late Emperor Hirohito. About 300 city employees rallied outside City Hall, one day after Hitoshi Motoshima was shot there by a right-wing extremist.
March 15, 2011 |
Radiation exposure is sadly all too familiar to the people of Japan. The health effects of radiation were poorly understood until the United States dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki toward the end of World War II. Prior to that time, scientists had widely mixed views on the impact of radiation exposure. "There was a strange kind of love-hate attitude about radiation before that," said Dr. William McBride, a professor of radiation oncology at UCLA and a Jonsson Cancer Center researcher who has looked at the consequences of radiation exposure after a radiological or nuclear terrorist attack.
October 6, 1995 |
The 50th anniversary of America's victory in the Second World War and the nuclear holocaust it cost Japan are being variously commemorated. The horrors of war are ritually denounced once again. The sacrifice of brave young soldiers and wise, troubled leaders is praised. That is as it should be. Yet none of it cut quite so close to the bone for me as a traveling exhibition now on view at UC Riverside's California Museum of Photography, "Nagasaki Journey."