Hiroshima Semipalatinsk Project to celebrate its 20th anniversary with special event

by Luan Xiaoyu, Staff Writer

The Hiroshima Semipalatinsk Project (also known as “Hirosemi”), a local citizens’ group, has marked its 20th anniversary. Hirosemi provides assistance to people in Kazakhstan who were exposed to radiation from the nuclear tests conducted repeatedly during the era of the former Soviet Union. The group will hold a special event to commemorate this anniversary at Hiroshima International House in Minami Ward at 1:30 p.m. on July 7.

In 1998, Hirosemi was established by some citizens who supported Kazakhstan when that nation took part in the Asian Games held in Hiroshima in 1994. The group now has about 100 members, providing medical equipment and medicines to Kazakhstan, and sending doctors to give medical examinations there. It has also helped Kazakh students come to Hiroshima to study.

At the event, Akerke Sultanova, 35, who studied at Sanyo Girls’ School Junior and Senior High for a year from 2000 as the first Kazakh student, will present a history of the nuclear damages in Hiroshima and Kazakhstan. Then, a report on current conditions in Kazakhstan and a panel discussion will take place, with participants that include a university professor who has been providing medical treatment to the radiation victims in Kazakhstan as a pediatrician.

Keiichi Sasaki, 63, the head of the group and a resident of Asakita Ward, said, “We want to make this a time to review the group’s activities over the past two decades and think about nuclear abolition and the future of the partnership between Hiroshima and Kazakhstan.”

The event is free for the first 100 people and requires no advance reservations. For more information, contact Mr. Sasaki at 090-6416-5035.

(Originally published on July 2, 2018)