Hiroshima airs out lists of atomic-bomb victims

Hiroshima airs out lists of atomic-bomb victims

City officials in Hiroshima have conducted an annual air drying of the lists of victims of the 1945 atomic bombing.

On Wednesday, they removed the lists from a cenotaph at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

About 20 city office employees observed a moment of silence at 8:15 a.m., the exact time the bomb was dropped. They placed the lists on a white cloth.

The 116 lists carry the names and dates of death of the 314,118 people who were exposed to the bomb and who have died up until August 5 last year.

The officials leafed through the pages to check for damage.

One official, Eiji Madokoro, says the ceremonial airing is a way to bring peace to the souls of the victims. He says he hopes to continue the practice in the Reiwa era to express the reality of the bombing.

The names of the recently deceased will be added to the lists from June and will be placed in the cenotaph on August 6, the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing.