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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Listed under Museums in Nagasaki, Japan.

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Before the bomb Nagasaki was Japan’s first city of ship building a free port and the background for Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’. Around 80,000 people were incinerated in the SECOND nuclear bomb blast. 80,000 more were seriously injured and hundreds of thousands diseased - the survivors are still living with the effects today. The city’s north was sucked up into the mushroom cloud and obliterated.

The first Atomic Bomb Museum was built in 1955 as the city was beginning to stagger back to its feet much changed (not surprisingly many more churches and temples were added to the now empty plan.). The current museum was opened 50 years after the bombing. The current exhibition follows the history of the event in narrative form which is particularly moving. There is plenty of original material and personal records considering an entire city was affected. There are also details of the nuclear program. Beside the museum is the Nagasaki International Peace Memorial.

The fact that there was a second nuclear bomb dropped on a city offends me far more than the first.

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

Written by  Gerald Foe.

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