August 6th means one thing in Japan. Hiroshima. It's easy to be cynical as a Westerner. We grow up knowing that the A-bomb saved millions of Allied lives; it ended the war; the Japs deserved it - look how they treated POWs. Watch the History Channel, and you see the mushroom cloud rising and think "awesome" or "job done" or "it happened a long time ago, far away." Look at the picture above in the Abiko library, Our Man doesn't see someone far away, long ago.
He sees his neighbour.