Welcome to the Hiroshima Peace Media Center

The Hiroshima Peace Media Center, seeking to advance the abolition of nuclear weapons and a broader peace in the world, is the only media agency dedicated exclusively to the coverage of peace-related concerns. Launched in January 2008 by the Chugoku Shimbun, Hiroshima's daily newspaper, the Hiroshima Peace Media Center maintains a bilingual English-Japanese website with local and international news, special coverage of issues involving nuclear disarmament and proliferation, commentaries by prominent figures in the field, and an archive of content related to the world's first atomic bombing. The site offers a wealth of information to support the efforts of researchers, journalists, teachers, students, activists, lawmakers, and other peace advocates.

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After the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world entered the nuclear age. A steadily escalating arms race led to huge stockpiles of nuclear weapons of ever greater destructive power. At the height of the Cold War, there were as many as 70,000 nuclear weapons in the world, the vast majority held by the United States and Russia. Today, the nuclear weapon states hold more than 23,000 nuclear warheads, capable of destroying our planet many times over.

For more information on nuclear weapons, continue to the special page Nuclear Weapons Can Be Eliminated.