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Hiroshima And Fukushima

Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations Co-chairperson Sunao Tsuboi speaks during an interview at his office in Hiroshima, western Japan. Tsuboi, 88, is a bomb victim, who survived miraculously. A part of his ear is gone, and his face is blotched with burn marks. When he emerged from unconsciousness 40 days after the bombing, the war was long over. He pities Fukushima, but, like the others, stresses the differences. The people of Hiroshima are "hibakusha" which means "radiation victims" while the people of Fukushima are "hisaisha" which means âdisaster victims, said Tsuboi.

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.