Last Deaf atomic survivor on the 68th anniversary atomic bombing of Hiroshima

August 07, 2013

There is a cenotaph of the alumni who died from the atomic bomb in the schoolyard of the Hiroshima Prefecture School for the Deaf (currently Prefecture Hiroshima South Special Support School) in Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture, a part of western Japan.

Yoshigami Iwao (吉上巌), aged 79 and of Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, is one of the atomic bomb survivors. He has been active as the "last Deaf storyteller" on atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

He participated in the memorial service at the school on August 6, "The Day of Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima", and reported that 47 Deaf atomic-bomb victims were identified this year.

The real state of the Deaf atomic-bomb victims is not known well, but Yoshigami and his friends are continuing investigation with the member list of the alumni association.

He appeals, "I want someone to keep telling about the Deaf atomic bomb victims from generation to generation."


Japanese source:
http://mainichi.jp/select/news/20130807ddm041040069000c.html

Related link: 
Deaf old man tells his experience with atomic bombing in Hiroshima
http://deafjapan.blogspot.jp/2008/08/atomic-bomging-and-deaf-persons.html

*The Japanese name is usually in order: one's last name comes first, and then the first name comes next. 

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