Keiko Ogura

Hiroshima survivor, activist, and storyteller

On August 6, 1945, when Keiko Ogura was 8 years old, she was exposed to the atomic bomb 2.4km away from the hypocenter. She graduated from Hiroshima Jogakuin University in 1959. In 1962, she got married to Mr. Kaoru Ogura, who was the director of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum as well as a secretary general of Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation. He was engaged in the promotion of A-bomb exhibitions outside Japan. After her husband’s death in 1979, she began working for Hiroshima herself and deepened international exchanges with writers and journalists and became an interpreting coordinator for peace-movement visitors from abroad.

In 1984, she established Hiroshima Interpreters for Peace and published Hiroshima Handbook, Hiroshima Peace Park Guide, Hip’s Hiroshima Guide and One Day in Hiroshima (Translation of Hiroshima·no·Obaa·chan). She was delegated as the official teller of Hiroshima A-bomb experience in English by Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation in 2011.

Since 1990, when she started a planning company with global-minded proposals and designs for governments and corporations, she has supported numerous visitors from abroad and international peace conferences. Also, as an A-bomb survivor herself, she often appears in the worldwide media.

Peace related issues
Giving a speech as a witness as an Hiroshima A-bomb survivor
  • ‘Simulated Antinuclear Tribunal’ (Nuremberg, Germany) in February 1983 Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Inter Action Council in Hiroshima (OB Summit) in April 2010
  • NPDI in Hiroshima in April 2015
  • Pomona College (Claremont, California, USA) in October 2016
  • New York University (New York) in March 2017
Meeting more nuclear victims outside of Japan and exchanged experiences
  • First Global Nuclear Victims Conference in New York in September 1987
  • Second Global Nuclear Victims Conference in Berlin in September 1992
  • Exhibition of the B 29 Enola Gay, in Washington DC in December 2003
Films and books as a field coordinator (1984 – )
  • Greek TV program produced by ‘War Zone’ - Hiroshima, Sadako, kam1kaze Children of Armageddon (France Documentary Film) - Three generations of Hiroshima survivors
  • Bomb Under Ground (USA Documentary) - Mobilized students worked underground
  • American Project (USA Documentary) - Message to American high school students
  • My Small Steps from Hiroshima (NHK World program) August 6, 2016
  • Book by Peter Wyden (USA) “Day One· Before Hiroshima and After” 1984 Book by Sally Sara (Australia) - Story of Hiroshima Survivor
  • Book by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto (USA) “Hiroshima in the Morning” 2011 Book by Ari Beser (USA) “The Nuclear Family” 2015