TOKYO, Aug 5 (Bernama) — U.S. film director Oliver Stone will meet with atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki this week as the two cities commemorate lives lost in the U.S. atomic bombings in 1945, Xinhua news agency reported.
Stone, who arrived in Hiroshima on Sunday, will attend a memorial ceremony Tuesday and visit Nagasaki and Okinawa thereafter, event organisers at the Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs said.
A series of events titled “Toward a nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and just world” will be held from Aug 3 to 9 to commemorate the bombings that led to Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II.
The film director visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum where he took time to speak to an elderly lady who survived the Hiroshima tragedy, and examined pictures and plaques related to the 1945 bombing of the city.
Stone, currently involved in making a documentary that questions the U.S.’s use of nuclear weapons in 1945, was quoted as saying the travesty of the events had “strongly affected him.”