Survivor of Hiroshima bombing pleased anti-nuclear group gets the Nobel Prize

Survivor of Hiroshima bombing pleased anti-nuclear group gets the Nobel Prize

(KUTV) 71-year-old Tosh Kano said that the international campaign to ban nuclear weapons earning the Nobel Peace Prize, is a “good start.”

Kano, whose family survived the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima Japan in 1945, has been telling his family’s story for years hoping people will understand what it really means to “nuke” people.

He can’t understand why leaders of nations like the U.S. (President Trump) and North Korea (Kim Jong Un) are threatening nuclear attacks.

“They have no idea what nuclear weapons do to humans,” he said.

Kano was in his mother’s womb when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. On that day, his father, a member of the Japanese military was walking toward the military base. His mother and his two siblings ages 3 and 16 months were at home when the bomb fell about a half mile from their home.

Nobody saw it coming. 80,000 people were killed instantly.

His father was about 300 feet away from the initial hit and was thrown into a drainage ditch.

“He saw a whole bunch of people’s skin melting. Faces melting away,” Kano said.

Many of the family’s friends and neighbors died, and although Tosh was born seven months later, he too suffered.

For ten years of his childhood he was very sick, missing most days of school during that time. He had the mumps 7 times, lung damage, tuberculosis, kidney failure.

“I was sick all the time because radiation destroyed my immune system,” he said.

Kano’s parents were U.S. citizens who were born in Hawaii but moved to Japan at the request of their family members. His father went to college there, his mother moved there to take care of her grandmother.

They married in Japan after their marriage was arranged. Before the bomb fell on Hiroshima, Tosh said his grandfather was still living in Hawaii working as a contractor doing work at Pearl Harbor.

After the war ended, the FBI stormed his grandfather’s house in Hawaii and accused him of spying for the Japanese- which Tosh says was a false accusation.

They took his grandfather to Wyoming and kept him at the Heart Mountain internment camp for three years (along with other Japanese-Americans who were rounded up and imprisoned after the war).

Tosh and his family moved to Utah from Japan in 1961 and later wrote a book titled Passport To Hiroshima” which chronicles his family’s story.

“My mission is hopefully to talk to those key individuals in our government to tell what our family has gone through so they know before they act,” he said.

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