Beyond Japan: Descendants of Atomic Bomb Survivors Convene in Hiroshima


A participant in the Global Hibakusha Project Workshop watches an example of oral history produced by the Project founder about a previous member. Photo By Ari Beser

Hiroshima, Japan—“There was a film about Nagasaki called The Last Atomic Bomb, but in actuality over 2,000 nuclear weapons have been detonated since then,” reveals Bo Jacobs, associate professor at Hiroshima Peace Institute and co-founder of the Global Hibakusha Project.

“Millions of people have been exposed to nuclear weapons, and they may not even realize it.” (Also see “The Story About Hiroshima and Nagasaki You’ve Never Heard.”)

Bo and his partner, associate professor Mick Broderick of Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, were in Hiroshima and have completed their second seminar for third-generation hibakusha, the Japanese word for people exposed to the atomic bomb. The first was held in the Marshall Islands in 2014, the location where the United States carried out over a hundred atomic atmospheric and underwater tests between 1946 and 1962.

Mick Broderick and Bo Jacobs at the edge of the town of Kurchatov, the former secret Soviet atomic city in Kazakhstan. Photograph © Global Hibakusha Project

The objective of their project is to facilitate a better understanding of hibakusha histories within and between communities worldwide. They aim teach the descendants of atomic bomb survivors an ethical way of capturing oral histories of their communities with the art of digital storytelling.

Part of the project involves giving participants iPads with simple editing software so they can learn how to take interviews and edit them together into shareable videos for social media.


Participants from Japan and Australia gather during a three-day seminar. Photo by Ari Beser

Attending the seminar were four Japanese descendants of atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as Andrea Windlass and —> Read More