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Hiroshima for Global Peace

III Structure of this Report

Bearing in mind the concepts of the report as explained above, Part 1 of this report, titled “War and Destruction,” traces Hiroshima’s development before the war, starting with Chapter 1, the “Modernization of Hiroshima.” In Chapter 2, “War and Hiroshima, the Devastating Impact of the Atomic Bombing” analyzes what Hiroshima lost during the war, and what was destroyed by the atomic bombing.

Part 2 of the report, “Reconstruction of the City,” reviews the government’s war damage reconstruction planning and the reconstruction planning of Hiroshima in Chapter 3, “Reconstruction Planning.” Chapter 4, “The Hiroshima Peace Memorial City Construction Law,” takes up the subject of reconstruction projects implemented with bigger financial assistance from the national government, compared with that of other war-damaged cities under this law, set up through special legislation. Chapter 5, “Various Problems Surrounding Redevelopment,” deals with issues specific to the regional communities born at reconstruction sites and with the unique characteristics of the reconstruction of Hiroshima.

In Part 3,􏰂Hiroshima’s Reconstruction and Citizens’ Lives,” Hiroshima’s economic recovery from shortly after the war until the period of high economic growth is studied in Chapter 6, “Rebuilding of Industrial Economy.” The development of Hiroshima’s healthcare system and the medical support of the A-bomb survivors, which has been a great issue in Hiroshima, are analyzed in Chapter 7,􏰂Realizing Adequate Healthcare and Medical Care, and Support for A-bomb Survivors.” Chapter 8, “Media and Reconstruction,” describes the actual reconstruction process in terms of citizens’ daily lives and the problems the citizens of Hiroshima faced preconstruction by studying media reports.

In Part 4, “Searching for a New Identity,” Chapter 9, “A City in Search of Peace,” examines how the new identity of Hiroshima symbolizing “peace” was formed from the viewpoints of the peace administration, peace movements, peace education, and the survivors.

We have also included columns on easy-to-understand themes in each chapter. These columns were written by experts on Hiroshima, including researchers, practitioners and journalists, all specialized in these themes.


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