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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Hibakusha crane Hawaii-bound


HIROSHIMA — A paper crane made by Sadako Sasaki, who famously battled radiation-induced leukemia after the Hiroshima atomic bombing, will be presented to a Hawaiian memorial center in September, a group run by her brother said.

The origami, one of five kept by Masahiro Sasaki, 70, will be put on permanent exhibit at the visitor center of the memorial to the USS Arizona, which was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The brother said he hopes the donation serves as the "first step" toward spiritually reconciling the victims of Pearl Harbor and hibakusha who survived the Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bombings.

The donation was first proposed by Clifton Truman Daniel, 55, grandson of U.S. President Harry Truman, who ordered the two atomic bombings toward the end of World War II.

Sasaki succumbed to her illness at age 12, but the paper cranes became an international symbol of hope for peace.

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