Students learn about Hiroshima in English in intensive course at Hiroshima City University

by Junji Akechi, Staff Writer

On July 28, "HIROSHIMA and PEACE," an intensive summer course offered by Hiroshima City University, in which students learn about Hiroshima in English, began on the university's campus in Asaminami Ward. A total of 49 students from 12 nations, including South Korea, the United States, and Germany, are learning about the city, which suffered the world's first nuclear attack, until August 7. Among their activities will be the opportunity to hear the testimony of an A-bomb survivor.

On the first day of the intensive course, Tatsuya Nishida, a specialist in international security and an associate professor in the faculty of international studies at Hiroshima City University, delivered an introductory lecture. Professor Nishida noted that this year marked the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombings and the 100th anniversary of Japan's annexation of Korea as well, and told the students that the notion of peace differed among individuals.

The students were then divided into ten groups and they exchanged views on the theme "What does peace mean to you?" Roozbeh Kardooni, 32, an Iranian who lost some relatives and friends in the Iran-Iraq War, expressed his enthusiasm for the course. He said that it was not until he had made an Iraqi friend that he overcame his feelings of bitterness, and that in this course, too, he wanted to cherish personal encounters that would serve as a first step toward peace.

(Originally published on July 29, 2010)