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Lessons of Nagasaki are kept alive

By Pat Gee

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 09, 2014

~~<p>As a second-generation survivor of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in World War II, Masago Asai of Hono&shy;&shy;lulu is one of only three members of her extended family who have survived cancer. The rest have succumbed to the disease, one of the most prominent after-effects of radiation poisoning, she said.</p>
<p>Her mother &quot;miraculously survived&quot; when the bomb, dropped Aug. 9, 1945, on Naga&shy;saki, demolished her school, a half-mile from the hypocenter of the explosion, Asai said. The 14-year-old managed to crawl out of the building, her head bleeding from flying glass shards. Seeing the destruction, her mother believed everyone was dead, including her parents, and she fled to safer ground on foot and by train, Asai added. In the end, her instinct to run from danger probably attributed to her being the healthiest survivor of the bomb Asai knows today, she said.</p>
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As a second-generation survivor of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in World War II, Masago Asai of Hono­­lulu is one of only three members of her extended family who have survived cancer. The rest have succumbed to the disease, one of the most prominent after-effects of radiation poisoning, she said.

Her mother "miraculously survived" when the bomb, dropped Aug. 9, 1945, on Naga­saki, demolished her school, a half-mile from the hypocenter of the explosion, Asai said. The 14-year-old managed to crawl out of the building, her head bleeding from flying glass shards. Seeing the destruction, her mother believed everyone was dead, including her parents, and she fled to safer ground on foot and by train, Asai added. In the end, her instinct to run from danger probably attributed to her being the healthiest survivor of the bomb Asai knows today, she said. Login for more...



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