Cultural News is inviting the public to free webinar about Modern History of Hiroshima.
When: Dec 3, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time
Topic: How 10,000 Hiroshima victims were transported to shelters in atomic bombing 1945 – Modern History of Hiroshima: Ujina Port, Ninoshima Island, and Army’s Akatsuki Division
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On Aug. 6, 1945, when the U.S. attacked Hiroshima with an atomic bomb, there were 350,000 people were living in the City of Hiroshima. 70,000 people died immediately and total 150,000 people died by the end of 1945.
Within a week in the worst situation, 10,000 people were transported from the downtown area to shelters in Ninoshima Island which had Army’s quarantine stations for several thousand people. Within a week, railway, streetcar, water supply and postal services were restored.
These rescues and recovering works were instructed by a commander of Army’s Vessel Division as known was Akatuski Division which mobilized 10,000 personnel of the army.
In this webinar, Mr. Manabu Yamasaki, retired city planning staff of the Hiroshima Municipality, will explain the history of modern Hiroshima.
In pre-modern era, economy of Hiroshima was supported by small boats through local rivers. But Hiroshima never had deep water ports for national transportation system.
Modern Hiroshima was built under direction of Japanese army’s expansion strategy.