Nagasaki begins adding new names to list of A-bomb victims

The Nagasaki city office on Monday began the annual task of adding names to the list of victims of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the city.

The newly confirmed victims, who died between Aug. 1 last year and March 31, total 1,178. The names and dates of death of the deceased, along with those of more victims likely to be found by the end of July, are to be added to the list, which contained 158,765 names as of Aug. 9, 2012.

Their details will be inscribed by two citizens with ink brushes in time to be dedicated Aug. 9 at a ceremony commemorating the 68th anniversary of the bombing.

"I feel anew the cruelty of atomic weapons," Masahiro Tanigawa, 75, a hibakusha, or atomic bombing survivor, and former officer of the city government.

"I will write while praying for the victims," he said as he engaged in the work for the eighth time.

Takako Morita, 65, is a second-generation hibakusha and calligraphy master who is inscribing names for the 12th time.

"I feel the importance of inheriting A-bomb experiences more and more as time goes by," Morita said, adding, "I hope to convey the preciousness of peace step by step."

The list of names, which is contained in 160 volumes as of last year, is usually kept at the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.