Surviving Hiroshima and the Struggle for a Nuclear-Free World
When he was 9 years old, Michimasa Hirata survived the nuclear bomb that was dropped less than a mile from his home in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Japan did not acknowledge survivors or their stories and many survivors hid their injuries and stories for fear of discrimination. Hirata came to Iowa State to study for a Master’s degree in Chemistry. What he learned about those he met at Iowa State and in Iowa changed his opinion of America. It was not until 1995 that Hirata began to speak out about his experience as a survivor and he began advocating all over the work of nuclear disarmament. His work has been recognized by the United Nations and he has spoken in more than a dozen countries about his journey. With the 75th anniversary of the bombing 2020, Hirata will visit Iowa to finally share his story at his alma mater.