30 May '17, 9am

First Japanese to report Hiroshima atomic bomb dies at 86

TOKYO: Yoshie Oka, the first person to raise the alarm outside Hiroshima that the Japanese city had been hit by an atomic bomb, has died aged 86, media and acquaintances said Tuesday (May 30). Oka was 14 years old on Aug 6, 1945 and working in Hiroshima as a communications operator at an underground command centre of the Imperial Japanese Army. After the bomb fell, she contacted another military unit in the city of Fukuyama east of Hiroshima, local media including public broadcaster NHK reported. "Hiroshima is almost destroyed," she said. "We were hit by a new type of bomb." Local media said she died of malignant lymphoma on May 19 in hospital in Hiroshima after spending years recounting her experiences of the bombing and its aftermath to visitors and students in the city. "She was an honest person who called a spade a spade," said Fumio Kajiya, also an atom bomb survivor ...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/first-jap...

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