In this Aug. 9, 1945, file photo, a giant column of smoke rises after the second atomic bomb ever used in warfare explodes over the Japanese port town of Nagasaki, Japan.

‘Oppenheimer’ film ‘fails’ to show devastation of atom bombs in postwar Japan, critics say

‘Oppenheimer’ is expected to win big at the 2024 Academy Awards. But one point of controversy is that the director did not depict any images of the devastating aftermath of the dropping of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Getting those images out to the public was a longtime quest for Herbert Sussan, then a 24-year-old filmmaker who filmed in Japan at the time.

A man is shown walking on the street with a white bandage around his head with security officers standing nearby.

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What you need to know about modern nuclear war

When Yuji Onuma was a kid, he lived in Futaba, a part of Fukushima. Today, he has kids of his own — but they can’t go near Futaba. Here, he wears protective clothing during a visit to his old house.

Photos: See Japan’s nuclear legacy — from Fukushima to Hiroshima

Hiroshima survivor Sunao Tsuboi is seen at a French nuclear test site in In-Ekker near Ain Meguel, February 16, 2007.

‘I still hate the glow of the setting sun’: Hiroshima survivors tell their stories

November 1945. Hiroshima, Japan.

Photos: Hiroshima after the atomic bomb

Global Politics

Thousands of people were instantly killed after the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. About 140,000 would die from complications as a result of the bombing by the end of the year. Here is a selection of historical images on the ground in Hiroshima after the bomb was dropped.

Hiroshima residents release paper lanterns on the Motoyasu river facing the gutted Atomic Bomb Dome in remembrance of atomic bomb victims on the 67th anniversary of the bombing.

Japanese and Americans remember the closing chapter of World War II so very differently


Here’s why President Obama won’t revisit the history of the decision to drop the A-bomb when he goes to Hiroshima on Friday.

Too hot to handle? Public schools struggle with controversy

Global Politics

Public school districts struggling with whether to teach ethnic studies, or climate change, or even evolution, are just enacting the latest act of long American drama. History, as presented in American classrooms, isn’t always the final word on what happened.

Popularity of Western-Style Weddings in Japan Creates Demand for White Officiants

Western-style weddings are so popular in Japan that wedding companies can’t find enough ministers to fill the demand. So they hire anyone who fits the profile.

Atomic Particles and Teeny Bikinis

Arts, Culture & Media

Today’s global hit is in honor of the bikini’s anniversary.