Sunao Tsuboi has died at the age of 96


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Sunao Tsuboi, who survived the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima and was one of the key figures in the anti-nuclear weapons movement in the country, died at the age of 96.

Japan, the country that knows best the destruction caused by nuclear weapons, has lost one of the iconic figures of the anti-nuclear weapons movement in the country. Sunao Tsuboi, who survived the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima, has died at the age of 96. The family announced the death of Tsuboi, who is known for his peaceful work in civil society and became internationally known by meeting with then-US President Barack Obama, who visited Hiroshima in 2016. It was learned that Tsuboi died on Sunday due to a heart rhythm disorder caused by anemia.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who was the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time Obama visited Japan, also mentioned Tsuboi’s effort to create a world free of nuclear weapons, in the message he shared on his social media account. Kishida said, “We supported and exchanged ideas with Tsuboi in different ways in our goal of realizing a world without nuclear weapons. He also participated in US President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima,” he said, adding that Tsuboi’s thoughts will continue to live on.

Tsuboi, who was 20 years old when he went to school and was subjected to the impact of the explosion about a mile from where the atomic bomb was dropped, was known to have suffered severe burns to his body. Tsuboi, who devoted himself to anti-nuclear activities after working as a middle school teacher, had shared the ugly face of nuclear weapons with thousands of people at home and abroad for decades.

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On August 6, 1945, the USA used an atomic bomb against Japan for the first time in history, and the attack, in which approximately 140,000 people died, caused hundreds of thousands of injuries and exposure to radiation-related diseases.


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