International conference to be held by Hiroshima Peace Institute and Hiroshima Peace Media Center in December

The Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University and the Hiroshima Peace Media Center of the Chugoku Shimbun will jointly hold an international symposium entitled "Hiroshima Strives for Nuclear Abolition: Pursuing measures to energize the 2010 NPT Review Conference," on December 5. In light of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference slated for next May, the participants will exchange views on the measures and challenges involved in achieving the abolition of nuclear weapons. They will also address the important roles to be played by the Japanese government and the A-bombed city of Hiroshima and its citizens.

The symposium will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the International Conference Center Hiroshima in Peace Memorial Park. Jonathan Granoff, president of the Global Security Institute in the United States and an international peace activist, and Sehyun Jeong, vice chairman of the Kim Dae-jung Peace Center and a former unification minister, will deliver keynote speeches.

There will also be a panel discussion with the participation of Yoshiki Mine, senior research fellow of the Canon Institute for Global Studies in Japan and a former permanent representative and ambassador of Japan to the Conference on Disarmament, Arthur Binard, a Japan-based American poet and Akira Tashiro, executive director of the Hiroshima Peace Media Center. Kazumi Mizumoto, associate professor at Hiroshima Peace Institute, will serve as coordinator.

Seats are available for 500 people and the Hiroshima Peace Institute is accepting registrations from November 9 through December 2. Admission is free. Those wishing to attend the symposium should send a fax (082-544-7573) or email (office-peace@peace.hiroshima-cu.ac.jp) with your name, address, phone number and fax number. For further information, please contact the Hiroshima Peace Institute by phone at 082-544-7570.

(Originally published on November 8, 2009)