It’s been some two months since the last post here. But, after taking some time to get settled back into U.S. life after my Fulbright-sponsored research work, I am resuming work here now on several fronts.
First, I want the site to keep current on some of the topics regarding Hiroshima and Nagasaki that have U.S. interest. Those include relations between the two countries on nuclear issues, nonproliferation, President Obama’s upcoming visit to Japan and the desire of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. I will also be exploring some of the ways nuclear concerns are treated in this country, beginning with a post next week on the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque. (I went to the Albuquerque museum in September, shortly after my visit to the military-glorifying Yasukuni museum in Tokyo, and I will have a chance to go back once more before writing the piece.)
I also would like to use this site to post transcripts of some of the interviews I conducted in Japan with atomic bombing survivors. Those transcripts will probably be set up as separate pages away from the main section of commentary and news here. I also envision putting those up without any copyright so that any students or researchers could use them in any way they might. I’m not sure how much the interviews will add to knowledge about survivors’ experiences, in part because many of them have been extensively interviewed by much better questioners than me. But it seems fitting in light of the survivors’ desire to have their experiences told in the cause of peace and the generous Fulbright support for the research to make the results as readily available as possible.
In addition, I received kind permission some time ago from The Herald in Everett, Washington, to reprint articles I did for them in 1987 from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since they produced before everything became readily accessible electronically, those still need to be reproduced in digital form. But I am grateful for the opportunity to do so, as soon as I get a chance.
I have resumed writing occasional commentary for the Seattle PostGlobe online site, which some of us started after the closure of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper last March. One of the pieces was on the Olympics discussion. You can find it here. In the future, I plan to post links to anything like that on this site.
Seattle-based journalist Joe Copeland visited Japan on a Fulbright grant from May through late August.
Copyright 2009 © Joe Copeland.