KNOW THE FACTS! Do your research. Form your opinions based on truth. Don't let the past repeat itself. In referring to World War II, all the facts will help us keep peace moving forward.
For years after Hiroshima was destroyed, the Japanese government stated that about 140,000 people died either directly or by the end of 1945 because of the atomic bomb. However, according to an article in The Japan Times, August 7-13, 1995, Vol. 35, the government has downgraded that longstanding and often quoted number of 140,000 by almost 40%. Based on a 4-year survey, the Japanese government now placed the number of confirmed deaths by the end of 1945 at 87,833.
The Japan Times article also stated 522,664 people were affected and that 246,726 have so far died. This statistic is difficult to support mathematically since less than half were estimated to have been in Hiroshima at the time of the explosion. The Japanese government has always included anyone who died from any of what they consider bomb-related diseases in the total number of deaths. This includes deaths due to cancer, leukemia, etc., although these illnesses occur naturally in both the bomb and non-bomb affected Japanese general population.
Thank you to Jack Spangler for his detailed information shared in this blog. Jack Spangler, closest friend to Lt. Jacob Beser, co-authored The Rising Sun Sets with Jerome Beser.
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