被爆地からつむぐ言葉  [in Japanese] Conveying "Message" from Hiroshima  [in Japanese]

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1945年8月6日、広島に投下されたたった一発の原爆は、いったいどれだけ人を苦しめたら気が済むのだろうか-。被爆地・広島の新聞記者として、六十数年を経た今なお続く苦しみや悲しみに触れ、「被爆体験」が発する今日的意味を問い続けている。世の中の事象に、ある切り口から光を当て、文字にし、短い記事の中で分かりやすく伝えるのが新聞記者の仕事だ。ただ、焦点を絞れば必ずあふれてしまう「断片」があり、ある言葉に「集約」すれば、見えなくなる「本質」もある。数々の「声」は、伝える過程で、「被爆者」や「ヒロシマ」などの言葉に集約されていく。伝える上で避けられない作業でありながら、原爆がもたらしたとてつもない「人間的悲惨」に迫れば迫るほど、表現しきれないもどかしさに苦闘する。しばしば和解の象徴として語られる被爆者は、本当に「憎しみを捨てている」のか-。被爆者でなければその記憶は継承できないのか-。記者が抱える日々の葛藤を通じ、「被爆体験」を継承する可能性を考える。

I have to wonder how long the single atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 will continue to make people suffer. More than 60 years later, A-bomb survivors are still suffering physically and emotionally. As a newspaper reporter based in the A-bombed city of Hiroshima, I have been trying to find the meaning of the experiences of the atomic bombing, relevant to present day, whenever I encounter survivors' pain and agony. The job of a reporter is to shed light on a phenomenon in the world from a certain angle, put it into words and introduce it in limited space in an easy-to-understand manner. When we try to focus on certain points, there are always some fragments that cannot be incorporated, and when we try to sum up a phenomenon in some words, its true nature can be missed. In fact, in writing newspaper articles, the various voices I hear must be consolidated into short words and phrases such as "A-bomb survivors" and "Hiroshima." Though this might be unavoidable in writing articles, the more deeply I dig into the human misery wrought by the atomic bombing, the more I agonize over my inability to fully express them. Have A-bomb survivors, who are often commended as a symbol of reconciliation, truly overcome hatred? Is it only A-bomb survivors that can pass on the memory of the atomic bombings to the future generations? In this article, I intend to examine the possibility of handing down the memory of the bombing through my own daily struggles as a reporter.

Journal

  • Kansai Sociological Review

    Kansai Sociological Review 8(0), 5-12, 2009

    Kansai Sociological Association

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    110009564800
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA11666921
  • Text Lang
    JPN
  • Article Type
    特集
  • ISSN
    1347-4057
  • NDL Article ID
    10340089
  • NDL Source Classification
    ZV1(一般学術誌--一般学術誌・大学紀要)
  • NDL Call No.
    Z71-H426
  • Data Source
    NDL  NII-ELS  J-STAGE 
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