Hiroshima Peace Institute to form nuclear disarmament study group: Thirty researchers invited

by Michiko Tanaka, Staff Writer

On June 27, the Hiroshima Peace Institute at Hiroshima City University will launch a study group on nuclear issues and disarmament. The group of researchers on nuclear issues and international politics in the university and other institutions will meet regularly to explore a concrete path toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. In 2015, the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing, the group will publish a book summarizing its research results.

Professor Gen Kikkawa, who took up the post of the president of the institute in April, proposed the study group. He hopes for a fruitful outcome from experts in diverse fields coming together to discuss nuclear disarmament from various angles. About 30 journalists and university researchers from Hiroshima and other prefectures have been asked to join the group.

For the time being, monthly meetings will be held at the institute at Hiroshima City University in Asaminami Ward, Hiroshima. On June 27, the first meeting, two researchers from the institute will analyze recent changes in the global nuclear situation based on their studies: Kazumi Mizumoto, vice president and expert on nuclear disarmament; and Robert Jacobs, associate professor and historian. Then participants will exchange opinions.

Professor Kikkawa said that the group will analyze the situations of countries developing nuclear weapons, including North Korea, and probe the reasons why abolition remains an intransigent problem. Referring to the anticipated book on the group’s findings, he said, “I hope to put forward multifaceted approaches toward the elimination of nuclear weapons.”

(Originally published on June 12, 2013)