Assistance from Overseas
Hiroshima Prefecture has a long tradition of high emigrations rates. A large wave of emigration to Hawaii in 1885 was followed by similar waves to the US, Canada, Brazil, and Peru. Over the years, thousands of people from Hiroshima Prefecture have ventured overseas in search of land and a new life. As word spread of the atomic bombing and Hiroshima's unprecedented ordeal, Hiroshima Prefectural Associations in several countries quickly began sending financial assistance. This assistance from overseas reaffirmed Hiroshima residents in their determination to recover and rebuild.
Assistance from Dr. Schmoe and other foreigners, along with completion of Peace Bridge and West Peace Bridge designed and built by Isamu Noguchi using funds from the US, contributed greatly by generating hope for recovery.
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