International symposium on nuclear abolition to be held in Hiroshima on July 31

The Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University and the Hiroshima Peace Media Center, a wing of the Chugoku Shimbun, will jointly hold an international symposium entitled "What Should We Do to Advance Nuclear Abolition?: Reflections on the 2010 NPT Review Conference," on July 31 at 1 p.m. at the International Conference Center Hiroshima in Peace Memorial Park.

In light of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference held this past May, the participants will take part in an exchange of views focused mainly on how the A-bombed city of Hiroshima can deepen its role and its efforts. At the same time, they will discuss the responsibility of the nuclear weapon states and the nation of Japan toward a world without nuclear weapons as well as ways to strengthen networking among citizens at home and abroad, including those in Nagasaki and Okinawa.

Hideo Tsuchiyama, former president of Nagasaki University, and Douglas Lummis, an American political scientist and author and now a resident of Okinawa, will deliver keynote speeches. There will also be a panel discussion with the participation of Sugok Shin, Human Resources Development Consultant, Sung Chull Kim, a professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute, Robert Jacobs, an associate professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute, and Yumi Kanazaki a reporter for the Hiroshima Peace Media Center. Kazumi Mizumoto, a professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute, will serve as coordinator.

Admission is free. Those wishing to attend the symposium should contact the Hiroshima Peace Institute with your name, address, phone number, and fax number. This information can be conveyed by fax (082-544-7573), postcard (Ote-machi Heiwa Bldg. 9F, 4-1-1 Ote-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0051), email (office-peace@peace.hiroshima-cu.ac.jp), or phone (082-544-7570).

Seating is available for 500 people.

For further information, please visit the website for the Hiroshima Peace Institute: http://serv.peace.hiroshima-cu.ac.jp/English/index.htm

(Originally published on July 1, 2010)

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