Yohei Hayakawa leads a project titled "Memories of War", which leaves voices of the people who survived World War II. Almost 70 years after the war, the number of people who survived the war is decreasing every year. That is why Hayakawa has decided to leave their ‘voices’. He is not supporting any specific organization, and he is not agitating any thoughts. On August 6th, 1945, Shigeko Sasamori was only 13 when she experienced the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. She saw a sliver airplane glittering in the blue sky. Suddenly, something white fell. She was deeply injured with a big burn scar on her body, but recovered somehow after her parents sacrificed themselves taking care of her. Then 10 years after the atomic bomb incident, she went to the US to have surgery for Keloid, and later an American journalist Mr. Norman adopted her. ‘These are the thoughts of God.’ Praying for the peace for Japan, she talked about her experience in Hiroshima.
Yohei Hayakawa became a media journalist after having worked as a newspaper reporter. In 2008 he debuted in the Internet radio program called ‘Podcast’, and since then he has conducted over 140 interviews. This ‘podcast’ has been downloaded over 15 million times every year. In recent years, he also conducted interviews in the commercials with the worldwide known brands such as UNIQLO and Nescafe. As the CEO of his own company KIQTAS Co., Ltd., he produces media materials for individual clients, companies and organizations. The core business ‘podcast’ is widely utilized by public organizations, educational institutions, companies, mass media and writers. From 2013, he has been working on the worldwide project ‘Memories of War’ to record voices of World War II survivors. Now, for the first time, Hayakawa is not the interviewer, but the interviewee, as he shared his experiences with us. This interview was exclusively conducted for The BBB: Breakthrough Bandwagon Books.
Yohei Hayakawa leads a project titled "Memories of War", which leaves voices of the people who survived World War II. Almost 70 years after the war, the number of people who survived the war is decreasing every year. That is why Hayakawa has decided to leave their 'voices'. He is not supporting any specific organization, and he is not agitating any thoughts. Mr. Koji Hosokawa, who worked in a navy factory, was a militaristic teenage boy. He lost his younger sister to the atomic bomb and saw the terrible sight around the center of the atomic bomb’s explosion first-hand. Sorrow and deep thorn still remain in his mind. He is one of the volunteer guides in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and tells people about his experience actively through participating in the program which is for training successors. The reason being is the will to train them as successors with Mr. Hosokawa’s feeling that: People think about HIROSHIMA as their own experience. Yohei Hayakawa interviewed him about his experiences.