Students from Japan and abroad communicate about peace via video link

by Yuki Kuwata, Staff Writer

On August 11 at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, high school and college students from Japan and abroad exchanged views via a video conferencing system with Steven Leeper, chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, who was in Nagasaki at the time. The event was part of the International Youth Conference for Peace in the Future organized by the Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education from August 5 through 16.

A total of 52 students from Japan and five overseas countries including the U.K., Germany, and China participated in the discussion. A student from the U.K. asked Mr. Leeper what young people can do to contribute to realizing peace. Mr. Leeper answered, “I would like each of you to disseminate your wish for peace from your own city.”

A Chinese student asked, “Nuclear weapons should be abolished, but what do you think about the peaceful use of nuclear energy?” In response, Mr. Leeper posed a question, saying, “Can we be certain that the spent nuclear fuel is processed safely?”

Mr. Leeper, after attending the 7th General Conference of Mayors for Peace held in Nagasaki, continued to engage in consultations with concerned parties there.

(Originally published on August 12, 2009)

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