atomic suitcase

At 8:15 in the morning of August 6, 1945, Tadayori Kihara was at the Kyobashi Bridge in Hiroshima, Japan, on a bicycle with this suitcase. At that moment the United States government dropped an atomic bomb called 'Little Boy'. Kihara was one among the 199,000 casualties (105,000 dead). Photo by Hiromi Tsuchida


September 14, 1995
By Deirdre Griswold

Honolulu visitors to Hawai`i's famed Waikiki Beach were reminded Sept. 3 that tests of humanity's most awesome and destructive weapons are once again threatening the peoples of the South Pacific.

Many tourists cheered and some, particularly Japanese, joined a 1,500-strong column of anti nuclear marchers as it passed Honolulu's luxury beachfront hotels. The protesters wound their way from Ala Moana Park to Kapi`olani Park, where President Bill Clinton was speaking.

Some marchers were from Tahiti and other islands of Polynesia where French imperialism rules with colonial arrogance. At the time of the protest, France had announced its intention to explode seven or eight nuclear bombs at Mururoa Atoll beginning some time in September.

The first bomb was detonated on Sept. 5.