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Twice atomic bombed

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By Nam Sang-so

Tsutomu Yamaguchi (March 1916~January 2010), a resident of Nagasaki, was an engineer when his employer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at Nagasaki asked him to take a temporary duty at its Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Yard in Hiroshima, some 5 hours train ride to east. Yamaguchi was supposed to return to his home office on Kyushu Island on Aug. 7.

He was on his way to the Mitsubishi Shipyard, Hiroshima, on the morning of Aug. 6, when the atomic bomb named Little Boy was dropped. His left eardrum was ruptured and his torso was badly burnt. Despite the unbearable pain, he took a train back to his home in Nagasaki.

On August 9, he was being treated for his burns at the infirmary of Mitsubishi in Nagasaki when the second atomic bomb was........

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