Three Nagasaki high school students, who are members of the High School Peace Ambassador program, held an online meeting with high school students in Hawaii. Members of the High School Peace Ambassador program conduct such activities as collecting signatures supporting the abolition of nuclear weapons and presenting them to UN agencies every year. At the July 19 meeting, the high school students discussed and exchanged views on the history of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
The Japanese and Hawaiian students have visited each other since 2018. This year, however, they held an online meeting due to the new coronavirus outbreak.
During the discussion, the Japanese students said that there are some in the U.S. who justify the atomic bombing. “It is important to know that many people died in the bombing and to have dialogue,” they said. The Hawaiian students responded that they did not know that there were some Americans who think the bombing was justified. “People with opposing viewpoints should resolve their differences through dialogue,” they said.
The Hawaiian students also brought up the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese forces.
One of the Nagasaki high school students who participated in the discussion said it was good that they were able to connect with the Hawaiian students online, and expressed the hope that their “activities will further expand worldwide.”
The High School Peace Ambassador program was launched by citizen groups in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1998. The program was a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 and 2019.