Saturday, March 28, 2009

Wikirank and Tsutomu Yamaguchi

Wikirank tells you what is currently popular reading on Wikipedia -- a zeitgeist of one of the internet's most popular references. I didn't know about it until today, when I followed a link.

During my visit, I learned of Tsutomu Yamaguchi, a man who was on a business trip in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, when Little Boy was dropped. He suffered severe injuries and after spending the night in an air raid shelter, he returned to his home in -- wait for it! -- Nagasaki, to convalesce. Man, it just wasn't this dude's week, because as I'm sure you know, Fat Man was unleashed upon that town on August 9, 1945. Yamaguchi is now 93 years old and a active anti-nuclear protester.

(I think the reason this man's biography has suddenly become popular is because the Japanese government has only just confirmed that he is one of the few hibakusha to have survived both bombings.)

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