There was no internet 68 years ago when the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place. There was no Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG). For communication, people relied on “old school” methods such as the mail (not email).
Although this event happened many years ago, the search engine giant is serious about helping the next generation learn about the past. In a joint effort with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Google has launched several new exhibits to the public through its Google Cultural Institute.
Through the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, you can learn more about the bombing through four unique perspectives.
The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum has brought together many photos and videos from the bombings, making up three distinct exhibitions.
Why does Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) do this?
Larry Page and company are serious about teaching people about the past. While some tech companies care about nothing more than making money, others want to do something bigger. It is safe to say that Google fits into this group. The company has a long standing reputation for projects such as these, and there is no reason to believe this will change in the future.
Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui has backed the project, saying “Through the Google Cultural Institute exhibitions, we hope that people around the world would learn about the terrible experiences of the Hibakusha, or A-bomb survivors, and wish for peace.”
The Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Cultural Institute helps preserve the world’s history. This is just one example of how Google is giving back, as there are people of all ages who are interested in learning about such events. No matter if you were alive at the time of the bombings or a young student hoping to learn more, this is a great place to start.
Think back to the many pilots who played a big part in the bombings – Claude Eatherly, John Wilson, Ralph Taylor, and Charles Sweeney – among others. You may not have known them then, but you can learn more about them now.
Toru Kawamura, New Business Development Senior Manager, Google Japan discussed the finer details of this project on the official Google blog. You can learn more about this project by checking out what he had to say.
Learn more about the Google Cultural Institute by checking out the following video: