We are now standing at a crucial moment in history for the call for peace and safety in our ever-changing world. The year 2020 marks the 75th year since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Next year, 2021, witnesses the formal implementation of the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, the world’s first international agreement to pursue comprehensively prohibiting nuclear warheads across the globe.
Kyushu University’s International Student Center, together with its supporting organizations, earnestly invites you to join this online symposium. Anyone around the world is warmly welcome.
This symposium will not only discuss the Nagasaki a-bombing as a tragic event of Japan’s past; this special international event will offer you an invaluable opportunity to think about future peace and safety together with other participants across the globe. You will learn from the personal account of a survivor of the Nagasaki a-bombing, engage in a discussion directly with the survivor, and, we hope, commit to actively joining with this symposium’s global participants in the pursuit of global peace and safety in your own lifetime, particularly in these days of uncertainty and instability.
Please register for this symposium. Listen to a voice from the past to seek peace in the future.
Kyushu University Ito-Campus
Nagasaki Peace Statue
Kyushu University International Student Center
Kyushu University International Student Exchange Division
Kyushu University Library
Nagasaki Foundation for The Promotion of Peace
MR. Yamawaki is a survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bombing. He was 11 years old and was at his home about 2.2. km away from the hypocenter when the bomb fell on Nagasaki City. Over the past decades, he has traveled not only across Japan but also around the world to share his personal account of the tragedy and a persistent message to advocate for the elimination of nuclear weapons around the world. In 2010, Mr. Yamawaki was appointed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Special Communicator for a World without Nuclear Weapons.
Dr. Decamous is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Languages and Cultures at Kyushu University. Her research focuses on the interaction between art and science, with a specific interest in nuclear technology. She is the author of Invisible Colors –The Arts of the Atomic Age (The MIT Press, 2019), in which she analyzes from a perspective of visual arts the effects of radiation, the lives of atomic bomb survivors, and the politics of the atomic age.
Dr. Higo is a Professor at the International Student Center at Kyushu University. As an international sociologist, he serves as the primary coordinator of Japan In Today’s World (JTW), a year-long study program for international students, which introduces the participants to the culture, society, and history of contemporary Japan as part of an ever-changing global society. In this role, since 2014 he has contributed to organizing and facilitating the Nagasaki Atomic Bombing Survivor Symposium at Kyushu University's main campus.
Dr. Guo is a Professor at the International Student Center at Kyushu University and currently serves as the Center’s Deputy Director. As an applied linguist, he leads the Japanese Language and Culture Course (JLCC), a year-long study program designed to advance participants’ understanding of Japanese culture along with their proficiency in the Japanese language. Together with Dr. Higo, Dr. Guo has for many years organized the Nagasaki Atomic Bombing Survivor Symposium at Kyushu University's main campus.