Sadako’s older brother, was born in Hiroshima in 1941. Masahiro, along with Sadako, were exposed to the atomic bombing in 1945. As a teenager, he joined the Acting Construction Committee to build The Children’s Monument of the Atomic Bomb, completed in 1958.
Originally bewildered and wary of Sadako’s fame, Masahiro and his family became concerned that the stories told about her weren’t always accurate. Since 2000, Masahiro has dedicated himself to sharing Sadako’s complete story, and the plight of all atomic war survivors with the world. Masahiro received the Hiroshima Citizen’s Award in 2007 and was awarded the Spirit of America Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, the first non-American to receive it. He established The Sadako Legacy, a nonprofit organization, in 2009. Today, Masahiro gives lectures all around the world and promotes activities to connect people for peace.
To inspire others, he has donated Sadako’s cranes to the Pearl Harbor 9/11 Tribute Center, the Los Angeles: Jewish Center, the Truman Museum, the Los Angeles Nikkei Museum, Austria’s Europe Peace Museum, Brazil’s Sao Paulo City Hall as well as various places in Japan including Okinawa.