Nagasaki atomic bomb survivor visits Hanford

Nagasaki atomic bomb survivor visits Hanford

A man who survived radiation exposure from the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in World War II visited the Hanford site on Friday.

Mitsugi Moriguchi, now in his 80s, moved to Nagasaki shortly after the bombing on Aug. 9, 1945, which killed tens of thousands of people. His visit is part of the Nagasaki-Hanford Bridge Project, which aims to create a symbolic bridge of unity between Richland and Nagasaki.

Moriguchi, along with a Nagasaki University student, toured Hanford’s B-Reactor, which produced plutonium for the bomb.

“I wanted to see with my own eyes the place where the plutonium that made the bomb that was dropped on my city was made,” Moriguchi said.

Moriguchi’s trip was sponsored by Consequences of Radiation Exposure (CORE), a Washington state nonprofit which is partially funded by the City of Nagasaki. Moriguchi is believed to be the first survivor ever to visit Hanford, a trip he calls eye-opening but still painful.

“I’ve heard many stories about what the process working here was like but I’ve been left with a sense of what cruel things human beings do,” Moriguchi said.

On Friday evening, there was a documentary film showing of “Hibakusha at the End of the World” at the WSU Tri-Cities auditorium. After the two-hour film, Moriguchi gave an address and answered questions to wrap up the end of his trip.