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.

An older Japanese man hugs former President Barack Obama

Why this Hiroshima survivor dedicated his life to searching for the families of 12 American POWs

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

A-bomb survivors: My mom and her mother Jettie on board the ship Oranje, which had been a hospital vessel during the war. They were on the boat’s first post-war civilian transport, making the crossing here from Java to Melbourne, Australia in November 194

The Bomb saved my mom

Hiroshima survivor Sueko Hada (foreground) with her daughter, granddaughters and great-granddaughter.

‘It truly was a vision of Hell’ – a Hiroshima survivor speaks out

Bunnies on Okunojima, Japan

Cuddly Rabbit Island in Japan has something of a sinister past


Just an hour and half from Hiroshima lies the tiny island of Okunojima, probably better known as Rabbit Island. The island is populated by bunnies and tourists feeding those bunnies — but if you look closely you can see remnants of the island’s past.

Earth Ear

The desert winds blow through the old rusted hangar in Utah where the Enola Gay, the airplane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, was once housed.

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Blog: Returning Home to Japan

The flight attendants take away our breakfast trays, leaving less than an hour before landing at Tokyo’s Narita airport. I look at the flight map on the screen, and see the airplane icon hover over the northern tip of Honshu, the largest of the Japanese archipelago. The map shows Tokyo in the distance, and Fukushima […]

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Hiroshima, Nagasaki and self-censorship

The World in Words

As Japan faces its biggest crisis since World War Two, here are two takes on self-censorship from those war years. A child survivor of Hiroshima explains why she kept quiet about her experiences for so long, through the pain and guilt of survival. And a Japanese examination of the self-censorship of American newspaper reporters and […]

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The impact of Hiroshima’s bombing, 65 years later

Arts, Culture & Media

Joining us to talk about the impact the bombs had ? and continue to have — on the survivors, their families and Japanese culture is Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki.