Hiroshima Atomic Bomb survivor, Takaaki Morikawa, will be speaking Tuesday, April 5, at 12:15 PM in room 111 of the Koussevitzky Arts Center at Berkshire Community College (BCC). He will share his personal history of the event using a power point presentation and show "The Lost Generation," a film dramatically illustrating the devastating effects of the use of Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
In his personal presentation, Mr. Morikawa will explain his unavoidable experience, at six years old, and what he saw in a hospital, where he was with a major illness, when the Bomb exploded 5.4 miles away. In spite of being far enough from ground zero that the building survived, except for much broken glass, Mr. Morikawa was soon engulfed in radioactive black rain to be followed by the hospital being overrun by horribly mutilated victims of the bombing. His memories of these ghostly human tragedies and their screaming and groaning remain with him to this day, more than 65 years after the event.
Mr. Morikawa's presentation will describe Hiroshima in the past and as it is now. He will also discuss the nature of the A-Bomb and its tragic effects, as well as black rain and the effects of internal exposure to radiation. He will also lay out his impressions of the threat of nuclear weaponry on our planet and discuss what he sees as the path toward world peace.
Mr. Morikawa's life beyond the bombing has been very full. He is married, with three daughters. In 1962 he obtained a BE degree from Nihon University in the Department of Science and Engineering. Thereafter he worked for the Mazda Motor Corporation until 1998, after which he was employed by two different auto parts manufacturing corporations, obtaining executive status. He was assigned overseas for about 11 years, including posts in Burma, New Zealand, the Philippines and Malaysia. He has travelled in 45 countries overall. Mr. Morikawa is President of the Friendship Force Hiroshima Club and a member of the Hiroshima Peace Exchange Association, as well as being a member of the Black Rain Victims Association in Saeki Ward.
Mr. Morikawa is speaking in the U.S. as a member of the Never Again Campaign, an outreach program of Berkshire Community College, whose 52 previous volunteers have given over 11,565 presentations in 38 states to over 360,000 people. For details, go to: http://www.berkshirecc.edu/neveragaincampaign