Hiroshima native, now freshman at Nagasaki University, looks forward to NPT meeting in New York

by Rie Nii, Staff Writer

Learning about A-bomb reality leads to desire to be a doctor

“When I attend the international conference, I want to see firsthand how much understanding people have about Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” said Chisa Nishida, 19. She looks forward to experiencing the Preparatory Committee for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, which will open in New York at the end of April.

Ms. Nishida began thinking about Hiroshima and the atomic bombing more seriously when she became a junior writer for the Chugoku Shimbun in the spring of her third year in junior high school. “Through my activities as a junior writer, I began to consider the issues of the atomic bombing and peace from a variety of different perspectives,” she said.

For two and a half years, until the autumn of her second year in high school, she wrote articles about peace issues for the newspaper. As she learned about children suffering from war and conflict around the world, she came to feel the desire to contribute to the global community.

She became increasingly interested in the problems involving nuclear arms, particularly the damage caused by radiation. Her goal is to learn about the effects of radiation on the human body from the medical point of view and convey this information to others in the world in terms that will be easy to understand. When Ms. Nishida became aware of the Atomic Bomb Disease Institute at Nagasaki University, she decided to study international health care there in order to become a medical doctor and pursue her work in countries abroad.

But since entering her university, Ms. Nishida has been so busy with schoolwork that she has had little opportunity to speak with others about advancing nuclear abolition and building peace in the world. She looks forward to exchanging ideas on nuclear issues with other members of the delegation who feel the same calling.

Living in Nagasaki, Ms. Nishida, with roots in Nishi Ward, Hiroshima, now feels less connected to her hometown. “But we can work together because the two cities both experienced an atomic bombing,” she said. She hopes that the Nagasaki Youth Delegation and the junior writers of the Chugoku Shimbun will make joint efforts toward this end.

(Originally published on January 15, 2014)