As Hiroshima prepares to mark the 77th anniversary of the A-bomb dropped on it by the United States on August 6, 1945, some of its residents are brushing up on anti-nuclear messaging with the help of a program run by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Impunity for crimes against women is being challenged by world-wide women’s movements mobilizing to replace impunity with accountability, as is evidenced by a recent court decision in Kenya. This article explores the problematic of impunity and the role of peace education in pursuing accountability through citizen action.
This virtual exhibit situates the art of Hiroshima native Shikoku Gorō in the context of antiwar, antinuclear, and social justice movements from 1945 to 2020.
Japan’s two atomic-bombed cities are enthusiastic about peace education. The city of Hiroshima has a 12-year-long peace education program covering elementary to high school students. The city of Nagasaki launched classes this year that focus on dialogue between hibakusha and students, not just on listening to the tales of survivors.
As the only country that has ever suffered nuclear attacks in war, Japan has a responsibility to ensure that memories of what Hiroshima and Nagasaki went through will be passed on to future generations as part of its efforts to promote the movement toward a world without nuclear weapons. The challenge facing Japan is how to accomplish this mission in the face of a growing indifference and a lack of understanding among the public as well as the withering effects of pressure against their efforts.