“World Business Conference for World Peace” closes with request to strengthen studies on building peace

by Jumpei Fujimura, Staff Writer

On October 15, the “World Business Conference for World Peace,” a meeting to discuss subjects on building peace through business activities, closed its two-day gathering at the Higashi-Senda Innovative Research Center, located on the Hiroshima University campus in Naka Ward, Hiroshima.

The conference unanimously adopted a statement which requests that the Hiroshima prefectural government continue to hold this conference, enhance the functions of peace-related research, and promote the integration of such studies. The prefectural government was a central backer of the steering committee that organized the event.

On the second day, two sessions titled “New Enterprise Value Created by Contributing Peace” and “Branding ‘Hiroshima’ as Global Peace Club” were held. Tomohide Karita, the president of the Chugoku Economic Federation said, “Eradicating poverty and enriching education are the large foundations for building peace.” He added that he hopes companies in Hiroshima will make contributions toward conveying this message when expanding their business overseas.

The steering committee for the conference (chaired by Yoshiyuki Kaji) put together a statement reflecting the views and requests made by the participants. The statement emphasizes the need to pursue dialogue between companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and non-profit organizations (NPOs) in Hiroshima and private entities overseas in order to promote peace building. It also includes the idea of establishing a foundation or research institute in Hiroshima to help boost such efforts.

At a press conference held after the meeting closed, Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki said, “I think the proposals that were made show the high expectations for the conference. I will consider these ideas seriously and think about how the prefectural government can lend its support.”

About 300 people took part in the two-day conference, including businesspeople invited by the prefectural government, as well as participants from NGOs, and NPOs.

(Originally published on October 16, 2016)