Five articles including a bag and a watch from the atomic bomb museums in Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be put on display in Oslo in commemoration of this year's Nobel Peace Prize awarded to an antinuclear weapons organization, the Hiroshima museum said Friday.
The items that survived the U.S. nuclear bombs dropped on the two Japanese cities in August 1945 will be shown at the Nobel Peace Center in the Norwegian capital for a year from the Nobel award ceremony on Dec. 10 as part of the exhibition for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in western Japan has offered to lend a bag and a safety hood that belonged to Yukitoshi Masuda, who went missing aged 13 after the atomic bomb exploded in her city on Aug. 6.
The museum in Nagasaki is providing a set of rosary beads found in a house ruined by fire following the nuclear bombing as well as a watch that stopped ticking at 11:02 a.m. when an atomic bomb was dropped over the southwestern Japan city on Aug. 9.
The Kyoto Museum for World Peace at Ritsumeikan University will lend a student's lunchbox that was exposed to the atomic bombing in Hiroshima.
A member of Masuda's bereaved family said, "We believe he is pleased (for the display). As Hiroshima residents, we never want such (a tragic) event to happen again."
Liv Astrid Sverdrup, director of the exhibition, said she selected items that could evoke their owners and background stories in the hope of inspiring a will in people to abolish nuclear weapons.
The director visited Hiroshima on Wednesday to discuss articles with museum staff from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.