“…the marvelous thing in our history happened. Our Emperor broadcasted his own voice through radio directly to us, common people of Japan…”

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“At the time of the Post-War, the marvelous thing in our history happened. Our Emperor broadcasted his own voice through radio directly to us, common people of Japan. Aug. 15th we were told that some news of great importance could be heard & all of us should hear it. So I went to Hiroshima railway station. There set a loud-speaker in the ruins of the station. Many civilians, all of them were in boundage [sic], some being helped by shoulder of their daughters, some sustaining their injured feet by sticks, they listened to the broadcast and when they came to realize the fact that it was the Emperor, they cried with full tears in their eyes, “What a wonderful blessing it is that Tenno himself call on us and we can hear his own voice in person. We are thoroughly satisfied in such a great sacrifice.” When they came to know the war was ended- that is, Japan was defeated, they, of course, were deeply disappointed, but followed after their Emperor’s commandment in calm spirit, making whole-hearted sacrifice for the everlasting peace of the world- and Japan started her new way.”

-Reverend Tanimoto, in a letter to an American acquaintance.

John Hersey, Hiroshima (Bronx, N.Y.: Ishi International Press, 1946), 85-86.

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