The United States had detonated millions, if not billions, of tons or ordnance in training and in combat since the dawn of air warfare. They've been dropped from Europe to Asia, from Africa to the Pacific islands. Now, Air Force Lt. Col. Jenns Robertson (Ret.) is trying to document each of those bombs.
Public school districts struggling with whether to teach ethnic studies, or climate change, or even evolution, are just enacting the latest act of long American drama. History, as presented in American classrooms, isn't always the final word on what happened.
During World War Two, Japan imported Koreans to cities like Hiroshima to work, in slave-like conditions, in armaments factories. When the atomic bomb struck, thousands of Koreans were killed or injured. But the Japanese government has been slow to extend survivor benefits to Korean nationals.
In the third part of a 2005 series on the lingering mental health effects of the atomic bomb, we hear from US-based Hiroshima survivors. Over the years, they have been spurned by the Japanese government, the US government and even the Japanese American establishment. Now in their later years, things are finally improving for some.
In the fourth part of a 2005 series on the lingering mental health effects of the atomic bomb, what is the psychological effect of surviving an atomic bomb blast, and the radiation that followed? Researchers say Hiroshima's survivors, often stuck living in the past, are plagued by their "maximum authority" as direct witnesses and struggle with a "lifelong encounter with death."
It's 70 years this week since the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. It killed about 70,000 people instantly. Tens of thousands more died of radiation sickness. We'll be spending some time this week considering how the attack is remembered. Who tells the story of Hiroshima? And who listens?
A lawsuit has drawn the Japanese public's attention to "matahara": a word coined from the English "maternity harassment." It refers to the practice of demoting or even laying off women when they become pregnant. It's against the law in Japan, but still widespread. Advocates hope giving it a name will start to change that.
There’s something else that survivors of the A-bomb want: They want the world to agree to no more Hiroshimas. If the visit by John Kerry — and perhaps a future visit by Barack Obama — can help secure that, that would be more meaningful than a formal apology.