A committee working for a Nobel Peace Prize for the “spirit of the Heiwa no Ishiji [Cornerstone of Peace] memorial,” consisting of university professors and members of citizens’ groups in Okinawa, held a news conference at the Prefectural Government Building on April 3 to report that former Governor Masahide Ota has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The committee was notified by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
A total of 215 individuals and 103 groups were nominated this year.
Tetsumi Takara, committee co-leader, explained that at first, the committee was thinking of nominating the people of Okinawa for the Nobel Peace Prize, but since it is difficult to nominate an indeterminate entity, they decided on nominating Ota, a survivor of the Battle of Okinawa who was involved with the creation of the Heiwa no Ishiji, as the Okinawan people’s representative.
Masaie Ishihara, another co-leader, stressed, “Even the names of enemy soldiers are engraved on the Heiwa no Ishiji. This idea is the concrete embodiment of the spirit of peace and rejection of all war.”