Hiroshima marked the 63rd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the city, but the impact of that event continues to impact the lives of many Japanese citizens. Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba has initiated a two year study aimed at preparing a complete picture of the psychological damage caused by the bombing which he said he said has not yet been revealed because the effects on survivors have for years been underestimated. At a ceremony attended by over 45,000 people, the Hiroshima mayor uttered the three pledges about nuclear weapons–don’t produce them, don’t possess them and don’s allow nuclear weapons on the soil of a nation. He called on the new American president to vote in favor of Japan’s U.N. resolution calling for the abolition of all nuclear weapons.
The mayor’s proposal to study the psychological and physical effects of those who survived the atomic bomb blast is an important step in assisting the world to better grasp what happens when nuclear weapons are used against a civilian population. The study intends to speak with anyone who survived the blast and conduct in-depth interviews.