Hiroshima livestreams airing out of A-bomb victims' lists for the first time

For the first time Hiroshima City has livestreamed the annual airing-out of record books that contain the names of the 1945 atomic bombing victims.

The work is done every year at the city's Peace Memorial Park to prevent humidity from damaging the registry, which is stored in the cenotaph.

The registry consists of 126 books listing the names and dates of death of the 339,227 people who had been exposed to the bomb, and who had died by August 5 last year.

On Wednesday, following a silent prayer at 8:15 a.m., the exact time the atomic bomb was dropped, about 20 workers took out the books one at a time and neatly laid them out on a sheet of white cloth.

Officials inspected each page for damage before letting it air dry.

Hiroshima City has been asking elementary and junior high schools to view the airing-out process as a way to educate their students on the importance of peace.

As only a few schools participated, the city decided to livestream the work for the first time. Three cameras were used and the footage will then be edited before being posted online.

A city official in charge of atomic bomb victims, Uemoto Shinji, said he hopes the event will raise awareness of the considerable damage nuclear weapons can cause on humans.

He also said he wants younger generations to watch their online content.