Why This Hiroshima Survivor Dedicated His Life to Searching for the Families of 12 American POWs

Ibby Caputo
August 6, 2018
PRI’s The World

“You’ve probably seen Shigeaki Mori. A photo of him hugging President Barack Obama was published around the world after Obama visited Hiroshima in 2016.

Mori, now 81, is a Hiroshima survivor.

In a 2016 speech at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Obama said atomic bomb survivors have stories that make war less likely and cruelty less easily accepted. He mentioned Mori that day, highlighting him as ‘the man who sought out families of Americans killed here because he believed their loss was equal to his own.’

Mori has spent much of his life trying to get recognition for 12 American airmen who died alongside tens of thousands of Japanese after the atomic bomb was dropped 73 years ago.”

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President Barack Obama hugs atomic bomb survivor Shigeaki Mori as he visits Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, on May 27, 2016. Credit: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Ibby Caputo is a 2018 US-Japan Journalism Fellow.