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Hiroshima for Global Peace

A short history of Hiroshima reconstructionShort History of the Reconstruction of Hiroshima

“A Short History of the Reconstruction of Hiroshima” was revised and restructured based on Learning from Hiroshima’s Reconstruction Experience: Reborn from the Ashes (March 2014) edited by the “Hiroshima for Global Peace” Plan Joint Project Executive Committee (Hiroshima Prefecture and the City of Hiroshima). Readers are encouraged to refer to the original report.



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English: Hiroshima’s Path to Reconstruction

Japanese: 広島の復興の歩み(日本語版)



Part Ⅰ A Short History of the Reconstruction of Hiroshima: Based on the Hiroshima Reconstruction and Peacebuilding Research Project Report


1.Modernization of Hiroshima

2.War and Hiroshima, the Devastating Impact of the Atomic Bombing

3.Reconstruction Planning

4.The Hiroshima Peace Memorial City Construction Law

5.Pains Accompanying Redevelopment and Reconstruction

6.Rebuilding of Industrial Economy

7.Medical Care and Support for A-bomb Survivors

8.Media and Reconstruction

9.A City in Search of Peace



Part Ⅱ Questions for Hiroshima: FAQ on Reconstruction of Hiroshima

Q 1 What was Hiroshima like before the atomic bombing?

Q 2 What was reconstruction plan for Hiroshima?

Q 3 What laws and frameworks supported Hiroshima’s reconstruction?

Q 4 Was there any friction during the reconstruction process?

Q 5 How severe were the economic losses following the atomic bombing and how were industries and the economy restored?

Q 6 What systems or research/support institutions were formed to provide medical care for A-bomb survivors?

Q 7 What support did Hiroshima receive from overseas?

Q 8 What are the ongoing measures in Hiroshima to abolish nuclear weapons?

Q 9 How are the citizens of Hiroshima working towards peace?

Q10 How is Hiroshima passing down the experience of A-bombing to future generations?

Q11 Does Hiroshima support post-conflict regions?

Q12 Why was Hiroshima able to successfully rebuild its infrastructure and culture in such a short period of time?


Part Ⅲ Exploring Hiroshima:Columns

Map related to Hiroshima’s Reconstruction

1.Okonomiyaki and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp

2.Yoko and Sadako: Children under the mushroom cloud

3.A City that Rebuilt, A City that Remembers

4.Hiroshima in Movies

5.Listening to the Voices of A-bomb Survivors

6.Standing at Ground Zero: The words of people who have visited Hiroshima

Timeline of the Events Related to Hiroshima’s Reconstruction


List of Abbreviations

ABCC: Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission
GHQ: General Headquarters / SCAP
HICARE: Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-Exposed
ICJ: International Court of Justice
ICRC: International Committee of the Red Cross
JICA: Japan International Cooperation Agency
NGO: Non-governmental Organizations
NHK: Nippon Hoso Kyokai
NPDI: Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative
RCC: Radio Chugoku Company, RCC Broadcasting Co. Ltd
UNITAR: The United Nations Institute for Training and Research

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Hiroshima Prefectural Office

Street address:10-52, Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, 730-8511



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