The Hiroshima Peace Media Center is a new wing of the Chugoku Shimbun, founded in 1892 and now one of Japan’s largest newspapers with a circulation of 720,000. Launched on January 1, 2008 to begin transmitting peace-related reporting via the internet in English and Japanese, the Hiroshima Peace Media Center strives to be a global leader in its advocacy of the abolition of nuclear weapons and the advancement of peace in the world.
The Peace Media Center website provides a range of multimedia content covering peace-related concerns. In conjunction with a steady stream of current news involving peace issues, the website also contains a well of reports published by the Chugoku Shimbun in the years since the bombing. In this way, the reality of the past can inform the present and function as a persuasive warning for the future.
In addition, the Hiroshima Peace Media Center is involved a number of activities that augment its online presence:
■ The Peace Media Center issues a special page of feature articles, published twice a month as an insert in the Chugoku Shimbun’s main newspaper. These articles, originally in Japanese, are translated into English to enhance the web content.
■ The Peace Media Center lends support to Peace Seeds, a peace newspaper produced by youth in Japan as another regular insert in the main newspaper. An accompanying web version of this newspaper is available in both English and Japanese.
■ The Peace Media Center facilitates a network of domestic and international institutions that share a kinship with our work. This network serves as a source of mutual support as well as special content for our coverage.
■ The Peace Media Center holds symposiums and lectures with specialists who present their views on peace issues for the public.
■ The Peace Media Center provides training for the next generation of journalists to uphold reporting related to the atomic bombings and peace issues.
The office of the Hiroshima Peace Media Center is found on the second floor of the Chugoku Shimbun headquarters in downtown Hiroshima. Five full-time staff members, along with seven other staff members supporting the project from their current posts at the Chugoku Shimbun, comprise the center’s personnel.