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Locations of late Mainichi reporter's shots of post-A-bomb Hiroshima identified

This photo taken by late Mainichi Shimbun reporter Yukio Kunihira shows the foundation of the destroyed Mainichi Shimbun Hiroshima bureau building. The structure on the left side in the background is the Fuel Hall, which is now the Rest House of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and the structure on the right side is the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, known now as the A-Bomb Dome. (Mainichi)

HIROSHIMA -- At least 17 of the locations where a Mainichi Shimbun reporter took photos here shortly after the U.S. atomic bombing of the city have been identified with the help of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

    Yukio Kunihira, who was a reporter with the Mainichi Shimbun Osaka Head Office, went to Hiroshima to take photos of the city on Aug. 9, 1945 -- three days after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city. The Mainichi analyzed 40 of the photos in cooperation with the museum.

    One of the 40 photos was taken from the ruins of the Mainichi Shimbun Hiroshima bureau, which was located 290 meters south of ground zero, and shows an area northwest of the bureau. The photo shows the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, now known as the "A-Bomb Dome," and the Fuel Hall, which has been converted into the Rest House of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Both structures were strong enough to withstand the atomic bombing.

    Kunihira, now deceased, had said that "I used four to five rolls of film" to take photos of Hiroshima after the bombing, but the whereabouts of most of them are not known.

    The Mainichi Shimbun has launched the "Hiroshima Atomic-Bombing Archives" on its news website (, and will gradually release photos of the city shortly after the bombing.

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