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Wednesday, 25th March 2009
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Japanese man certified survivor of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki

A Japanese man has become the first person to be officially certified as a survivor of the atomic bomb blasts at both Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi, 93, was in Hiroshima on a business trip when an American B-29 dropped the first bomb.

Mr Yamaguchi suffered serious burns as a result of the attack and returned to his home city of Nagasaki the following day, just in time for the second bombing.

Toshiro Miyamoto, a city official in Nagasaki, told the Associated Press: "As far as we know, he is the first one to be officially recognised as a survivor of atomic bombings in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

He added that there could be more people like Mr Yamaguchi.

Around 140,000 people were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, while 70,000 perished in Nagasaki.

The bombs were nicknamed Little Boy and Fat Man.

Written by Graham McPherson

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