93 Years Tsutomu Yamaguchi Double Atomic bomb survivor dies in Japan


Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only person formally known as a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings at the end of World War II, has died at age 93.

Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip for his shipbuilding company on Aug. 6, 1945, when a U.S. B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on the city. He troubled serious burns to his upper body and spent the night in the city.

Yamaguchi was the only person to be certified by the Japanese government as having been in both cities when they were attacked. In his later years, Yamaguchi delivered talks about his experiences as an atomic bomb survivor and frequently expressed his trust that such weapons would be eradicated.

The mayor of Nagasaki said a valuable storyteller has been lost, in a message posted on the city's Web site Wednesday. Yamaguchi died Monday morning of stomach cancer, the mass circulation Mainichi, Asahi and Yomiuri newspapers reported.

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