Hirosahima Nagasaki ZERO PROJECT

Seven to receive newly-launched “Disruptor Awards Hiroshima”

by Miho Kuwajima, Staff Writer

The new “Disruptor Awards Hiroshima” are Hiroshima editions of the Disruptor Awards, which were established in the United States during the period following the terrorist attacks in that nation on September 11, 2001. The awards are given to people who have made significant contributions toward creating a better world.

Before the start of events for the Hiroshima Nagasaki ZERO Project, the first awards ceremony will be held at the Hiroshima Orizuru Tower in downtown Hiroshima at 6:30 p.m. on October 28. The seven recipients include those involved in peace activities in Japan and the United States.

Roundtable discussions will be held on October 29, in which former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry, 90, will take part via the Internet. Other participants include Tomoko Watanabe, 63, the executive director of ANT-Hiroshima, who has been active in efforts to preserve trees that survived the atomic bombing.

  The Disruptor Awards were established in 2010 as part of the Tribeca Film Festival, which was founded to help rebuild New York City, one target of the terrorist attacks. Past recipients of the awards include entrepreneurs and journalists. The Disruptor Awards Hiroshima have been launched by the Disruptor Foundation, an American foundation that sponsors the Disruptor Awards, and 1Future, an American NPO that is organizing the Hiroshima Nagasaki ZERO Project. Craig Hatkoff, a filmmaker and one of the founders of the awards, will come to Hiroshima for the first time. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, Mr. Hatkoff has become interested in Hiroshima’s postwar recovery.

2017 Recipients of the Disruptor Awards Hiroshima

William Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense

Tomoko Watanabe, executive director of ANT-Hiroshima

Koko Kondo, survivor and peace activist

Seitaro Kuroda, artist

Motoharu Sano, musician and songwriter

Akira Fujimoto, artist

Erika Abiko, owner of social book café “Hachidori-sha” (Hummingbird House)

For more information on 1Future, visit http://1future.com/

(Originally published on October 25, 2017)