Uncovering Forgotten Stories of Hiroshima
June 14, 2016 7:38 AM   Subscribe

Keiko Horikawa is a Japanese freelance journalist whose work, unknown in English translation until now, deals with the value of life and the weight of death. Her two subjects are the death penalty and the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, which has gained new urgency as bomb survivors, the hibakusha, die out after 70 years. Here is a translation of an event promoting her book about the Genbaku Kuyoto, the mound containing the unclaimed remains of approximately 70,000 bomb victims, and her effort to reunite the 815 identified remains with their families.
posted by Small Dollar (3 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

"If a reporter can’t cover a story due to a taboo, then the country is on the road to totalitarianism."
posted by the Real Dan at 10:44 AM on June 14, 2016

Thank you.

There are still great journalists out there, and always will be, as the greatest works of art, and at its peak, journalism is art, most often aren't created for money, but to ease a craving some of us are suffering from, to the benefit of others.
posted by hat_eater at 3:27 PM on June 14, 2016

This was tremendous. I hope that someone can get a publisher interested in translating her books into English; this one, and the others mentioned in the article.
posted by marguerite at 5:25 PM on June 14, 2016

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