Survivors of WWII A-Bombings to Be Tested as Part of Historic Research Effort

July 01, 2013

SOUTH BAY (June 28, 2013)

They are called “hibakusha.” They are the survivors of the atomic bombs that scorched the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan more than 67 years ago. More than 100 of the survivors have been participating in a long-term medical research effort sponsored by Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center and its Ningen Dock Center at Providence Medical Institute. Every other year, hibakusha survivors come to Torrance to undergo comprehensive medical examinations as part of an international volunteer medical research effort with Ningen Dock, the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, Hiroshima Prefectural and local medical associations such as the Japanese Community Health Association.

Survivors from all over California are arriving in Torrance now and through late June to undergo their medical examinations, which become part of the long-term study of the effects of radiation exposure.

“I have physical and emotional scars from the bomb that will never heal,” said Kaz Suyeishi, president of the American Society of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors. “It is important to me that others remember the devastation that myself and other survivors endured.”

The international effort has been featured on many media outlets, including as this recent story that aired on Fuji TV.