Remembering Hiroshima – Nagasaki – Fukushima on August 6


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It was on August 6, 1945 when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima in Japan, followed by a 2nd bomb on the city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. My paternal grandparents had emigrated from Hiroshima in 1892, but left family behind there.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident occurred on March 11, 2011 in Sendai, Japan, where several of my maternal side cousins live. It is important that we remember all the victims of these events.



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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. don’t forget pearl harbor bataan death march and other millions murdered what happened in phillipines and in china many women and children. many other war crimes. also military did not want to surrender and launched coup attempt to stop it. millions more live would have been lost if war had not ended by bombs.

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