Hiroshima City University, Nagasaki University, and the Chugoku Shimbun to hold international symposium in Hiroshima on August 2 on nuclear abolition

Hiroshima City University, Nagasaki University’s Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (RECNA) and the Chugoku Shimbun will hold an international symposium titled “From Confidence-building to Nuclear Abolition: Toward the 2015 NPT Review Conference” on August 2 from 1 p.m. at the International Conference Center Hiroshima in Naka Ward.

The next review conference for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), held every five years, will take place in 2015, the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings. Currently, the inhumane consequences of nuclear weapons are gaining wide recognition in the international community. Building on this momentum, ways to achieve regional stability without depending on nuclear arms or the nuclear umbrella, or on stronger military alliances, must be considered.

Learning from the experience of Europe, the symposium will discuss how to promote confidence-building to bring about nuclear abolition when there are growing tensions among East Asian nations due to historical perceptions and territorial issues. Jong Won Lee, professor of international relations in East Asia at the graduate school of Waseda University, and Ian Mitchell, head of the External Co-operation Section of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), will give keynote speeches. Tatsujiro Suzuki, vice director of RECNA, Yumi Kanazaki, staff writer at the Hiroshima Peace Media Center, and junior writers for the Chugoku Shimbun will give reports from the viewpoint of the A-bombed cities.

In the panel discussion, five experts including Chang Soo Jin, director of the Japan Center of the Sejong Institute, and Kazumi Mizumoto, vice president of the Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University, as well as Professor Lee, Mr. Mitchell, and Professor Suzuki will discuss the issues and outlook concerning confidence-building in Asia and of nuclear abolition, the roles of the A-bombed cities, and other topics. Simultaneous Japanese-English interpretation will be provided. The symposium is free, and prior registration is not required. For further information, call the Hiroshima Peace Institute at 082-830-1811 (weekdays only).

(Originally published on June 23, 2014)