By Yoshinobu Sugiyama. Yoshinobu is a member of the Nagasaki Peace Messengers that recently visited the World Office to share his story.
I am Yoshinobu Sugiyama. I live in the city of Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture. Yaiza is a port city famous for tuna, but sixty years ago the ship “Daigo Fukuryu Maru”departed from Yaizu experienced a sad accident. It was sailing in the vicinity of a hydrogen bomb test and became contaminated with radioactive fallout.
When I was an elementary school student, i visited the Daigo Fukuryu Maru Museum. There was a small glass bottle filled with radioactive fallout. I was surprised to learn that such powder-like materials killed Mr. Kuboyama, the head of the radio operators on the ship.
In the museum, I happened to meet Matashichi Oishi, one of the crew members at the time. Mr. Oishi has visited many places to speak about the danger of nuclear weapons, although he has been suffering from many diseases. He said, “I want the people of the world to know more about this incident and to pass down the history from generation to generation.” Through his worlds, I was moved and inspired to work for peace.
I think that all the people in the world have hopes for peace, but differences in nationality and religion often ruin the hope. We, high school students, have hopes and dreams for the future. It is our mission to convey the words and thoughts of people who, like Mr. Oishi, experiences such incidents so that the same mistake may not be repeated.
This year, a movie called “Godzilla”was produced in the United States. the original “Godzilla”movie was made in Japan in 1954. “Godzilla”is an imaginary monster, but the basic idea of this movie came from the incident of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru. Godzilla woke up from his long sleep at the bottom of the ocean because of the influence of a hydrogen bomb test. The character Godzilla, who attacks and destroys modern cities, seems to call for serious reflections by human beings who invented nuclear weapons.
I hope that we can create a world where human beings live not in confrontation but with love and understanding for each other. To realize such a peaceful world, we should join together, hand in hand.
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