Hiroshima Peace Memorial - Preservation

Preservation

Weathering and deterioration of the Genbaku Dome continued in the post-War period. The Hiroshima City Council declared in 1966 that it intended to indefinitely preserve the structure, now termed "A-Bomb Dome". The first popularly elected mayor of Hiroshima, Shinzo Hamai (1905 – 1968) sought funds for the preservation effort domestically and internationally. During one trip to Tokyo, Hamai resorted to collecting funds directly on the streets of the capital. Preservation work on the A-Bomb Dome was completed in 1967. The A-Bomb Dome has undergone two minor preservation projects to stabilize the ruin, notably between between October of 1989 and March of 1990.

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