Kurosaki Tokiyasu (right) tells
his wartime experience.
December 7, 2015
The Pacific War started on December 8, 74 years ago. Kurosaki Tokiyasu, an 86-aged Deaf man, has the memory which sticks to his mind now.
A big formation of B29 bombers of the U.S. forces raided in the sky of Osaka late at night and dropped countless incendiary bombs on March 13, 1945, 70 years ago; the town became a sea of the fire.
A 15-aged boy Kurosaki didn't hear an air alert warning then, but felt the rumble of the ground. While running around to escape, he arrived in an embankment in Yamato-gawa River and held his breath until morning.
His mother who kept being blamed by her husband, a carpenter, because of having a Deaf baby. A several years later, she was dead. Kurosaki thought he couldn't live with his father who used violence, and left his home.
When he was putting himself under the protection of various places, it was Osaka Great Air Raid that he met. After that he got work to make fuse of a bomb at a munitions factory to survive.
During the wartime persons with disabilities worked for Japan as "gear" under a slogan of "nation general mobilization", too. Kurosaki was said by people around him, too, that it was natural to work on national agenda in work, but he could not follow and left the factory.
That was several months before the end of the war in August. He made all part rolling on after the war, getting the cost of living by stealing.
Kurosaki lives presently at the special elderly nursing home in Sumoto-shi near Osaka which accepts a Deaf senior. He tells the people who visit the home in a tour about his wartime experience; what kind of environment a Deaf person was put by a war.