She was running faster than ever to escape the fire's vast malign force
Seventy years on from Hiroshima, a survivor recalls being pulled from the rubble on a day when the human condition changed forever - the day we learned we had the power of universal destruction
After 70 years it still troubled her. In the terror of those moments she had not said thank you. He was long gone by now. Emiko had no idea if he had even survived the aftermath. But he had saved her and she had never said a word to him. "But you were in a state of shock," I said.
"Yes but it bothers me ever since," she replied. We were sitting together in the small sitting room of her daughter's house, among the rice fields about an hour's drive east of Hiroshima.
There was green tea and sweets made from bean paste and the exceptional courtesy known to any who have been guests in a Japanese home. Emiko had gathered all of her photographs and papers, all the speeches she has made against nuclear weapons, and placed them on the table. Now in her 81st year the task of bearing witness has, if anything, become more compelling.