50 editions of peace newspaper "Hiroshima Koku" are compiled into a book

by Kenji Namba, Senior Staff Writer

Hiroshima Koku, called “Peace Seeds” in English, is a peace newspaper produced by Japanese teens in Hiroshima which appears twice a month as an insert in the Chugoku Shimbun. The first 50 editions of the newspaper have been compiled into book form and the book will be available at bookstores nationwide starting August 2.

The book contains a digest version of all editions of the peace newspaper, from the first edition of January 2007 to the 50th edition of May 2009. The newspaper’s junior writers, consisting of elementary school, junior high school, and high school students, cover peace-related issues with an eye toward the future. The book also includes a fictional story written by the junior writers entitled “Bokurawa aoi tamago” (“We are the Future”) as well as a column called “Q&A About Hiroshima” in which staff writers of the Chugoku Shimbun have answered common questions from readers in regard to the atomic bombing.

Published by Akashi Shoten Co. in Tokyo, the 272-page book in B5 size is available for 1,890 yen.