History will be made on Friday, March 9, when an atomic-bomb survivor (hibakusha) from Nagasaki,
Mr. Mitsugi Moriguchi, will visit Richland and tour Hanford’s B Reactor, which produced plutonium
for the Nagasaki atomic bomb. He will be accompanied by a student from Nagasaki University, Ms.
The visit is part of a Nagasaki-Hanford Bridge Project sponsored by Consequences of Radiation
Exposure (CORE), a Washington state nonprofit, and funded, in part, by the City of Nagasaki.
The project is spearheaded by Professor Emerita Norma Field of the University of Chicago and
Associate Professor Yuki Miyamoto of De Paul University in Chicago, who is a second-generation
hibakusha (that is, at least one parent is an A-bomb survivor). Trisha Pritikin, an Oakland attorney
active with Hanford downwinders, is also part of the project team.
A press conference with the visitors will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the
Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, 1943 Columbia Park Trail.
Also on March 9 at 6:30 p.m., the documentary film “Hibakusha at the End of the World” by
Japanese film maker Hitomi Kamanaka will be shown at the WSU Tri-Cities auditorium.
In current usage, the term hibakusha identifies all human victims of radiation. The film brings
together footage not only from Japan and Hanford, but also Iraq (victims of depleted uranium
Following the two-hour film, there will be an address by Mr. Moriguchi and a question and answer
period. The event is open to the public.
Media contact: Jim Stoffels, 946-8087