Hiroshima

Dr. Masakazu Fujii Character Analysis

A successful doctor with his own private practice hospital, and one of the six central characters of Hiroshima, Dr. Fujii is arguably the least overtly “moral” character in the book. Unlike the five other main characters, he isn’t shown to be devoted to his patients, to have powerful religious convictions, or to have a strong bond with his wife or children. Fujii is, in other words, the kind of person who lives strictly for himself. After the explosion, Fujii suffers a broken collarbone, but little other harm. He goes on to lead a financially successful life, spending his money on houses, cars, and liquor. However, Hersey gives readers good reason to believe that Fujii continues to suffer from the trauma of Hiroshima: he appears to attempt suicide in the early 1960s, and spends the rest of his life vegetative in a hospital.

Dr. Masakazu Fujii Quotes in Hiroshima

The Hiroshima quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Masakazu Fujii or refer to Dr. Masakazu Fujii. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 1 Quotes

A hundred thousand people were killed by the atomic bomb, and these six were among the survivors. They still wonder why they lived when so many others died.

Page Number: 2
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Chapter 4 Quotes

She would say, "It was war and we had to expect it." […] Dr. Fujii said approximately the same thing about the use of the bomb to Father Kleinsorge one evening, in German: "Da ist nichts zu machen. There’s nothing to be done about it."
Many citizens of Hiroshima, however, continued to feel a hatred for Americans which nothing could possibly erase. "I see," Dr. Sasaki once said, "that they are holding a trial for war criminals in Tokyo just now. I think they ought to try the men who decided to use the bomb."

Page Number: 89
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Chapter 5 Quotes

As the bearers were carrying Dr. Fujii downstairs, he stirred. Swimming up toward consciousness, he apparently thought he was being rescued, somehow, after the atomic bombing. "Who are you?" he asked the bearers. "Are you soldiers?"

Related Characters: Dr. Masakazu Fujii (speaker)
Page Number: 133
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Dr. Masakazu Fujii Character Timeline in Hiroshima

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Masakazu Fujii appears in Hiroshima. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter One: A Noiseless Flash
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...down to her job at the East Asia Tin Works. Also at the same time, Dr. Masakazu Fujii is reading the paper in his hospital; Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura is standing in her kitchen;... (full context)
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Dr. Masakazu Fujii , aged fifty, is a rich, hedonistic man. He usually sleeps late, but he wakes... (full context)
Chapter Two: The Fire
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Dr. Fujii is still in the river, struggling beneath two beams that had once been a part... (full context)
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Father Kleinsorge treats priests’ injuries with bandages that Dr. Fujii gave him a few days before. Then, he runs into the mission and puts on... (full context)
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Dr. Fujii wades into the river to avoid the heat of the fire. Along with his two... (full context)
Chapter Three: Details Are Being Investigated
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Dr. Fujii sits on the floor of his family’s house at the edge of the city. His... (full context)
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On August 10, Father Kleinsorge learns that Dr. Fujii has been injured and has gone to stay with a friend named Mr. Okuma. Kleinsorge... (full context)
Chapter Four: Panic Grass and Feverfew
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By the end of August, Dr. Fujii is still staying in the home of Mr. Okuma. His health seems to be improving,... (full context)
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After Mr. Okuma’s home is destroyed in a flood, Dr. Fujii lives in a house in the mountains. He later moves to a suburb outside Hiroshima,... (full context)
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...hospital,” and “Dr. Sasaki was not capable of the work he once could do.” Furthermore, Dr. Fujii has lost his hospital, and Mr. Tanimoto has lost his church. In other words, even... (full context)
Chapter Five: The Aftermath
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Dr. Fujii continues to practice medicine for the rest of the 1940s, and in 1948 he opens... (full context)
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In the 1960s, Dr. Fujii seems to become less active and happy-go-lucky; he also quarrels with his friends and his... (full context)