Peace Memorial Museum to display replicas of Nobel Peace Prize medal and award certificate given to ICAN until August 6

by Yumi Kanazaki, Staff Writer

On July 22, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum began displaying replicas of the Nobel Peace Prize medal and the award certificate that were given to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the non-governmental organization (NGO) that was last year’s prize winner. The exhibit will continue until August 6.

The medal and certificate are official replicas created by the Nobel Prize Committee in Norway and were presented to Peace Boat, an NGO based in Tokyo that is a member of ICAN’s international steering committee. The medal, about 6.5 centimeters in diameter, is on display in the section of the museum titled “The Nuclear Age and Nuclear Weapons Abolition.”

Tim Wright, 33, the treaty coordinator for ICAN, opened the exhibit with Kenji Shiga, the museum director. Mr. Wright said that the medal and certificate had also been given to the A-bomb survivors for their long-running efforts to convey the inhumanity of nuclear weapons and the need for nuclear abolition. After the replicas are displayed in Hiroshima, they will be exhibited at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, too.

(Originally published on July 23, 2018)