About the hall

Establishment

The Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims was established for the purpose of preserving as a nation memories of the precious sacrifices of the victims of the atomic bombings. In addition to serving as a memorial, it also serves to commemorate everlasting peace. The hall seeks to deepen understanding about the catastrophe of the atomic bombings among people around the world and see that knowledge of these terrible experiences is passed down to subsequent generations.

Functions

National Peace Memorial Halls for the Atomic Bomb Victims have been established in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two cities where vast numbers of precious lives were lost due to atomic bombings. The halls perform the following three functions; to memorialize peace and mourn the victims of the bombings, to gather and process materials and information related to radiation exposure, and to promote international cooperation and interaction. At the Nagasaki Memorial Hall particular emphasis is put on the latter of these functions. By sending out information about radiation exposure and the experiences of bombing victims and their relatives to the world, the hall endeavors to communicate the reality of the atomic bombings.

Outline of the facility

The Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall aims to create a tranquil and solemn atmosphere which expresses a sense of mourning for the atomic bombing victims and commemorates everlasting peace. At ground level is a sculpted basin filled with the water so desperately craved by victims of the bombing. The quiet walk around this basin is intended to give visitors an appropriate sense of solemnity before entering the hall. Corridors of light rise up through the basin from the Remembrance Hall below , making it possible for people to pay their respects at ground level as well. Respects may also be paid at night, when the basin is illuminated by approximately 70,000 lights.

Lower Level 2 is the site of the Remembrance Hall, the Library/Reference Area (where visitors may access photographs and information on the deceased and peruse their memoirs), the Lounge (the focal point for the Nagasaki Hall’s efforts at international cooperation and interaction), and the Peace Information Corners. Lower Level 1, with its Memoir Exhibition Corner and Remembrance Hall Loft, was designed so that it can be toured in a limited amount of time. The two levels are linked to allow for easy passage between them.

Proprietor: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)
Ordering party: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
Designers: A. Kuryu Architect & Associates Co., Ltd. (Tokyo)
Supervising bodies: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Kyushu Regional Development Bureau, Nagasaki Government Buildings Office
A. Kuryu Architect & Associates Co., Ltd.

Chronological history

May 1990

The Investigative Report on Facts Regarding the Atomic Bomb Victims (A Study of the Deceased), which was initiated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 1985, is made public. The government then begins talks on measures that can be taken to mourn those who were killed by the atomic bombs.

May 1991

The Committee for Basic Planning of the Memorial Facilities for the Atomic Bomb Victims (headed by Chairman Mori) is established.

June 1993

The findings of the Committee for Basic Planning of the Memorial Facilities for Atomic Bomb Victims are released. Included are the outlines of the fundamental concepts for such facilities, details on concrete measures to be taken, discussion of the locations for such facilities, and information on methods of operation and administration.

December 1994

The enactment of the Atomic Bombing Survivors’ Law which begins with a preamble calling for eternal peace and recognition of the preciousness of the sacrifice made by the atomic bomb victims. Article 41 stipulates that projects for the commemoration of peace be instituted.

In voting on the proposal for the law, the Lower House issues a secondary resolution stating that “Plans are to proceed to establish a memorial facility for victims of the atomic bombing at the earliest possible date, and efforts will be made to ensure that this facility is one which will be in keeping with the feelings of the atomic bombing survivors and the relatives of those who lost their lives.”

January 1995

In the Report on Basic Plans for Facilities Memorializing the Atomic Bombing Deceased, the function, composition and operation of such facilities are discussed.

November 1995

The Preparatory Committee for the Opening of the Peace Memorial Halls for the Atomic Bomb Victims is established (under Chairman Mori).

April 1996

An Investigative Committee for Construction Difficulties with the Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims (the local board is headed by Chairman Tsuchiyama) is established for Nagasaki City.

February 1997

Nagasaki City’s Requests Regarding the Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims is submitted to the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Included are requests that the names of the atomic bombing victims be registered and that all operating expenses be covered by the national government.

June 1997

The Preparatory Committee for the Opening of the Peace Memorial Halls for the Atomic Bomb Victims issue a report on “points to be heeded in the fundamental plans for the Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bombing Victims (Nagasaki)”.

September 1998

The final report of the Preparatory Committee for the Peace Memorial Halls for the Atomic Bomb Victims is issued. Included are a draft of the hall’s inscription message, concrete details on displays, and descriptions of operational methods.

November 2000

Construction begins on the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

December 2002

Construction is completed on the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

May 2003

The 1st Investigative Study Group of Plans for the Management of the Peace Memorial Halls for the Atomic Bombing Victims is established (headed by Chairman Mori).

July 2003

The Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims opens.

 

 

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