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Japanese, U.S. college students learning peace together at seminar on A-bombs

  • August 6, 2016
  • , Nikkei , p. 38
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Japanese and American college students are holding again a seminar on the dropping of the atomic bombs. Since August 1, they have been holding a dialogue with A-bomb survivors. They will attend the peace memorial ceremonies, held on the days when A-bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Their discussions focus on how to achieve peace without repeating the tragedy of nuclear weapons.


Ritsumeikan University and American University inaugurated this program in 1995, the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, inspired by an idea proposed by a Japanese student who had been studying at American University. Participants visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki and meet with various people, including hibakusha and former mayors of Hiroshima, during their 10-day stay in Japan. A total of 600 students have participated in the program over the past 21 years. This year 42 are taking part.


“Students’ quest for peace is growing stronger as terrorist attacks and conflicts are happening in various parts of the world every day,” said Ritsumeikan University Professor Atsushi Fujioka, who oversees the seminar. He said that President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima in May as the first sitting U.S. president helped raise students’ interest.(Abridged)

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