Photographs of the deceased

The Memorial Hall collects the names and photographs of victims of the atomic bombings.

The Nagasaki and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Halls for the Atomic Bomb Victims collect the names and photographs of victims of the atomic bombings in order to mourn their loss and visually convey the magnitude of the loss of life

Download the pamphlet on how to register and submit an application (PDF/3.37MB)

All names and photographs donated will be

1) stored indefinitely at the National Peace Memorial Halls for the Atomic Bomb Victims in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and
2) (if permission is granted) made available to the public according to the following methods:
Photographs will be projected in succession on large-screen monitors in order to give a tangible sense of the vast number of people who lost their lives in the atomic bombings.
Deceased displayed on three monitors
Each name and photograph may be accessed on the computer monitors at the Memorial Hall

How to apply

Applications may be made directly at the Memorial Hall or by mail. Application forms are available at the memorial halls in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, but those living outside of these two cities may have them delivered by post. For more information, please call +81-(0)95-814-0055 (ask for the person in charge of photographs), or submit an inquiry form.


If you have any questions not listed above please contact us at +81-(0)95-814-0055, or use the inquiry form.

Who is eligible for registration?

Any deceased persons for whom one of the following statements applies. The date the person passed away and whether or not he/she possessed an Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Health Certificate is not considered relevant.

  • Those directly exposed to the atomic bombings in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and/or in Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.
  • Those who entered either of the bombing sites within two weeks of the bombing and were exposed to radiation.
  • Those who were affected by radiation exposure during relief or other activities.
  • Those who were in the wombs of any of the above.

Can applications be submitted by anyone?

In principle, applications should be submitted by relatives of the deceased. Please inquire in advance about applications made by others such as friends and acquaintances.

Should I send my application to the Nagasaki or the Hiroshima Memorial Hall?

Applications are accepted at the memorial halls in both Nagasaki and Hiroshima regardless of which atomic bombing site the deceased person in question was at or the location where the applicant currently resides.

What kinds of photographs of the deceased are suitable?

  • There are no restrictions on size, color (color or black and white), or date of photograph.
  • Please select one photograph in which the deceased is clearly visible.
  • It is possible to submit snapshots in which people other than the deceased are visible, but these will be cropped at the Memorial Hall, so please clearly specify the person in question.

Can I register even if I do not have a photograph of the deceased?

Registrations may be made with names alone. We also accept painted or sketched portraits.

Is it possible to have photographs returned after registration?

In principle, photographs are stored permanently at the Memorial Halls. If a request is made at the time of application, however, the Hall will make a copy of the photograph and send back the original.

Is there a deadline for applications?

There is no deadline for applications.

Copying photos and sentences without permission is prohibited.

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