Sumiteru Taniguchi


Age: 88

survivor of the WWII Nagasaki bombing who devoted his life to seeking to abolish nuclear weapons after he was burned severely in the 1945 atomic bomb attack on his hometown of Nagasaki, Japan as a 16-year-old while he was on the job delivering mail on August 9, 1945 when a U.S. atomic bomb was dropped on the city (the blast was little more than a mile away and threw him from his bicycle, almost killing him), in which the Nagasaki attack killed more than 70,000 people after the bombing of Hiroshima three days earlier killed an estimated 140,000, but who could lie only on his stomach for nearly two years as he was treated for the burns that exposed flesh and bones, who later formed a survivors' group and had since led a national effort against nuclear proliferation.

Cause of Death: Cancer

Born: January 26, 1929

Died: August 30, 2017

Nagasaki, Japan