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Wednesday, 6th January 2010
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Atom bomb survivor dies in Japan

A Japanese man thought to be the only survivor of both the Hiroshima atomic bomb and the Nagasaki bomb has died this week.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who was 93, died on Monday (January 4th) after suffering from stomach cancer. On August 6th 1945, Mr Yamaguchi was on a business trip to the city of Hiroshima when the atomic bomb flattened the region.

He then returned to his home city of Nagasaki, which was then hit by another atomic bomb on August 9th.

He talked about his experiences in a documentary called Niju Hibaku, or Twice Bombed, in which he pondered on why people "cannot understand the agony of atomic bombs".

"The reason that I hate the atomic bomb is because of what it does to the dignity of human beings," he stated.

Around 140,000 people were killed by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, with 70,000 more killed in Nagasaki, but many survivors suffered with illnesses linked to the bomb throughout their lives.

Written by Mark Smith.