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Hiroshima And Fukushima

Hitoshima Peace Memorial Museum Director Kenji Shiga speaks during an interview at his office in Hiroshima, western Japan. At the museum, it is bombs and not reactors that are the enemy. The differences between Hiroshima and Fukushima dwarf the similarities. Only one of the two catastrophes was an act of war that unleashed death, fire and horror on a scale the world had never seen. "Look at these pictures," said Kenji Shiga, chief of the museum, pointing to a photo of a corpse so blackened and deformed one must squint to make out a head. "And this is one of the less gruesome ones.â âHere, it all came with a bang," Shiga said, stressing the differences between Hiroshima and Fukushima. "This is not a place merely dripping radiation."

Hiroshima And Fukushima


"No more Hiroshimas!" ''No more Fukushimas!" Those slogans are chanted together at rallies by Japanese who want both an end to nuclear power in the island nation and an end to nuclear weapons around the world. But many in this city, where the world's first atomic-bomb attack killed tens of thousands, are distressed by efforts to connect their suffering to the tsunami-triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

Like the bomb the United States dropped on Hiroshima Aug. 6, 1945, the March 2011 Fukushima disaster unleashed radiation that will affect the region's health for decades. Hiroshima medical experts, the world's most renowned on radiation-related sicknesses, are being called on for advice on how the meltdowns may have harmed people who lived near the power plant along the northeastern coast of Japan.


Reporting by Yuri Kageyama, the Associated Press.