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Japanese Man Certified as Double A-Bomb Victim

samzenpus posted about 5 years ago | from the having-a-truly-bad-day dept.

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93-year-old, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, has become the first person certified as a survivor of both U.S. atomic bombings at the end of World War II. Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip when an atomic bomb hit the city. He suffered serious burns to his upper body and had to spend the night. He then returned to his hometown of Nagasaki to recover. Unfortunately he got home just in time for the second attack. "As far as we know, he is the first one to be officially recognized as a survivor of atomic bombings in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki," Nagasaki city official Toshiro Miyamoto said. "It's such an unfortunate case, but it is possible that there are more people like him." I assume that The Karmic Wheel only turns in Mr. Yamaguchi's favor now.

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If a man can survive two atomic blatsts... (1)

Nutria (679911) | about 5 years ago | (#27319881)

... atomic warfare and Nuclear Winter can't be all that much to worry about.

Re:If a man can survive two atomic blatsts... (1)

MadCow42 (243108) | about 5 years ago | (#27328955)

... and if he has survived to a ripe age of 93 (so far?) then the effects of radiation poisoning might not be that bad either.

Wow... sucks to be him though.

Can't decide... luckiest or unluckiest man alive (1)

Slacksoft (1066064) | about 5 years ago | (#27320603)

I mean the guy did survive not one, but two atomic attacks. So that makes him either the unluckiest guy for being at the most unfortunate places at the most unfortunate time, or the luckiest to have survived both.

eat your seaweed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27322729)

If all he suffered from were burns, it's likely, given the standard Japanese diet, even in wartime, that he had sufficient iodine in his system to ward off thyroid cancer. This is a remarkable occurrence, and this man probably has many important things to teach the world.

Re:eat your seaweed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27333497)

I've never understood why those victim of dumb luck survivor stories always seem to have" many things to teach the world". They didnt do anything themselves, it was dumb luck.

more info (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | about 5 years ago | (#27325931)

What the story fails to mention is the doubly unfortunate part that the first blast's radiation gave him super powers but the second one reset them and wiped them away :( bad luck!

Stupendous bad-ass, indeed. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27328311)

As long as this guy doesn't try to take over a nuke sub armed only with a couple of glass knives, I think we're safe.

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