Second-generation survivors to hold symposium, explore ways to advance cause of peace, strengthen cooperation

by Michiko Tanaka, Staff Writer

To advance the cause of peace for the future, the National Association of Second-generation A-bomb Survivors will hold a symposium on November 30 at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. With A-bomb survivors growing older, the symposium will focus on expanding the horizons of their efforts.

The four panelists will include Nanao Kamada, a specialist of hematology and professor emeritus at Hiroshima University, and Sunao Tsuboi, chair of the Hiroshima Prefectural Confederation of A-bomb Sufferers Organizations. They will exchange ideas on the challenges facing second-generation survivors and on the actions for them to take in the future.

The association of second-generation survivors was established in 1988, mainly by trade unions. Members include 19 groups in six prefectures including Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Yamaguchi, and Kanagawa. An annual health checkup is the only support measure the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare currently provides for second-generation survivors. The group has been calling on the ministry to expand support measures and implement cancer screening, among other demands.

Katsuhiro Hirano, 55, secretary general of the association, said at a press conference on November 5, “We are calling on non-members to attend our symposium. Taking advantage of this occasion, we hope to cooperate with one another and carry our movement further.”

The symposium will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. No reservations are required and the event is free to all. For further information, call the Hiroshima Prefecture Teachers’ Union at 082-264-3222.

(Originally published on November 6, 2013)