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Hiroshima survivor shifts search for victims from U.S. to Europe

By Thin Lei Win

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Thank you sir for the work you have done. I pray that you find peace.

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Thank goodness for people like Mr. Mori. My deepest respect.

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A truly inspiring account of selfless devotion to a cause.

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Agree with you all -- very moving, and incredibly inspiring.

"“Now we shook hands, smiled and laughed. I cannot describe how moved I was. This is peace, I told myself.”

That kind of simple gesture and acknowledgement is indeed peace, and I imagine quite cathartic. Thank you very much for your hard work, Mr. Mori.

Now imagine if world leaders here and abroad, instead of denying the atrocities of war despite them not committing the acts themselves but governments of long ago, could acknowledge the wrong doing and shake hands find peace and work together. No one should EVER suggest the 'past is the past' and 'people should forget and move on'. For all parties to truly move on, there needs to be no denial of what has happened, good or bad, and it should be clearly taught so that we CAN move on, together.

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smithinjapan, the overwhelming majority want to move on. Especially my generation but alas that will be denied to us, because of the pontificating pompous procrastinating twittering classes.

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If only there are more people like him in some other countries.

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@smithinjapan It helps that all of the countries concerned in this article are democracies now and so can be assured of their peaceful intentions. Also Mori was the victim and he is doing this gracious thing on behalf of the supposed perpetrators. Just saying...

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Fifty percent of the POWs held by the Japanese died from neglect, maltreatment, torture, and murder. If the Allies had invaded, the Japanese authorities had issued orders to kill all of the POWs. Still, I wonder if it would have been enough to drop the atomic bombs on largely un-inhabited areas, instead of cities......would the authorities still have surrendered?

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I am a Hafu, my mother was Japanese from one of the islands in the bay near Hiroshima. I lost some relatives from the bomb and some became Hibakusha. My mom suffered radiation sickness from the long searches she conducted in the city, looking for surviving relatives. All the surviving relatives eventually got either prostate or breast cancer. My cancer diagnosis was 2012. I took the genetic test and found some unidentifiable genetic defects, probably from my mom's radiation exposure.

I grew up with my mom's stories of the whole family experience. As an adult, I feel it was inappropriate for her to share these stories until I grew up but I'm sure she needed to unload on somebody safe because of her undiagnosed PTSD. I share many of those stories with the local high school when the history class teach WWII. I end every presentation with my parents' marriage. It was amazing that my mother was capable of separating my father, the American Marine, from the atomic bomb and saw him as the wonderful man that he was. She is the most beautiful human being I have ever known. I hope someday I will be as beautiful as she was. I work on it every day.

I understand and own my Japanese and American historical lineage, as well as my genetic lineage. For me, part of ownership includes sharing my mom's stories in addition to supporting Native American causes, speaking up against racial/economic/social bigotry and working toward reduction of power & control issues. These are the ways I contribute toward my future lineage.

My deepest thanks to Mr. Mori for his work. He is now the second most beautiful person I know.

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