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Sadako Sasaki

1943 - 1955

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Sadako Sasaki (佐々木 禎子, Sasaki Sadako, January 7, 1943 – October 25, 1955) was a Japanese girl who became a victim of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States. She was two years of age when the bombs were dropped and was severely irradiated. She survived for another ten years, becoming one of the most widely known hibakusha—a Japanese term meaning "bomb-affected person". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sadako Sasaki has received more than 1,217,712 page views. Her biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Sadako Sasaki is the 33rd most popular social activist (up from 34th in 2019), the 34th most popular biography from Japan (up from 38th in 2019) and the most popular Japanese Social Activist.

Sadako Sasaki is most famous for being the girl in the book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. She was a victim of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan.

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Among social activists, Sadako Sasaki ranks 33 out of 538Before her are Omar Mukhtar, Martin Niemöller, Pheidippides, Élie Ducommun, Ferdinand Lassalle, and Simon Wiesenthal. After her are Emily Greene Balch, Simon bar Kokhba, Nicholas Winton, Sophie Scholl, Jan Palach, and Emma Goldman.

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Among people born in 1943, Sadako Sasaki ranks 20Before her are Keith Richards, Ben Kingsley, Joe Pesci, Toto Cutugno, Albano Carrisi, and Roger Waters. After her are Louise Glück, Joseph Stiglitz, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Christopher Walken, Tarja Halonen, and Howard Gardner. Among people deceased in 1955, Sadako Sasaki ranks 7Before her are Albert Einstein, Alexander Fleming, Thomas Mann, James Dean, Dale Carnegie, and José Ortega y Gasset. After her are António Egas Moniz, Charlie Parker, Fernand Léger, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Alberto Ascari, and Rodolfo Graziani.

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Among people born in Japan, Sadako Sasaki ranks 34 out of 6,048Before her are Yayoi Kusama (1929), Osamu Tezuka (1928), Lee Myung-bak (1941), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892), Kane Tanaka (1903), and Gichin Funakoshi (1868). After her are Himiko (175), Emperor Kōmei (1831), Tadao Ando (1941), Morihei Ueshiba (1883), Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894), and Kenzaburō Ōe (1935).


Among social activists born in Japan, Sadako Sasaki ranks 1After her are Sakamoto Ryōma (1836), Ishikawa Goemon (1558), Otoya Yamaguchi (1943), Itagaki Taisuke (1837), Toyohiko Kagawa (1888), Gotō Shōjirō (1838), Megumi Yokota (1964), Akira Amano (1973), and Jared Taylor (1951).