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Hiroshima for Global Peace

Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2022 – Opening Report

 Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Security 2022 was held during October to November 2022. 29 participants who passed the selection process from all over the world took part in the program this year.

Program Features

  • Understand the reality of the atomic bombing, such as the inhumanity of nuclear weapons and health effects of radiation, through testimonies of A-bomb survivors.
  • Learn about global trends on nuclear weapons and global security, through exchange with professors and researchers of universities, institutions etc.
  • Acquire necessary skills and innovative visions for concretely contributing in the global arena towards realizing a peaceful world.
  • Engage with and learn from UN officials, diplomats, and NGO members.

1)Online Learning and Webinar Sessions


  • Tuesday, October 25
  • Friday, October 28
  • Tuesday, November 1
  • Friday, November 4


A-bomb survivors, university professors, NGO members, etc.


29 participants from 20 countries (students and researchers between the ages of 19 and 31)

Participants’ Nationalities


Group Country / Region Number of Participants
Nuclear Weapon States* China 1
France 1
Russia 1
United Kingdom 1
United States of America 10
Subtotal 14
Non-Nuclear Weapon States Japan 1
Mongolia 1
India 1
Uzbekistan 1
Iraq 1
Lebanon 1
Austria 1
Italy 1
Rwanda 1
South Africa 1
Zambia 1
Brazil 1
Mexico 1
Australia 1
Fiji 1
Subtotal 15
Total 29

*Nuclear weapon states are the states that are permitted to possess nuclear weapons under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)

Webinar Session Schedule

Date Lecturer Content



Ms. Koko Kondo

Hiroshima A-bomb survivor


Ms. Mary Dickson

Downwinder and radiation-caused thyroid cancer survivor

Humanitarian and environmental consequences of nuclear weapons, which disregard human rights



Mr. Kunihiko Shimada 

Principal Director of Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace(HOPe)


Ms. Rebecca Irby

New Detroit 

How does nuclear disarmament correlate with achieving the SDGs?  



Ms. Karly Burch

Otago University


Mr. Ira Helfand

Member of the International Steering Group of ICAN

Past President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War(IPPNW)

Nuclear weapons’ impact on the environment – past, present and future 

Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu

UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

United Nations, the SDGs and nuclear disarmament



Ms. Susi Snyder

ICAN Financial Sector Coordinator


Mr. Tommy Piemonte

Head of Sustainable Investment Research at Bank für Kirche und Caritas(BKC) 

Financial aspects of nuclear weapons – spending, corporations and divestments

2)Hiroshima Session


November 9 (Wed.) – November 12 (Sat.)


  • A-bomb survivors and their family members
  • Ms. Yumi Kanazaki, Director, Peace Media Center, The Chugoku Shimbun
  • Professor Seiichiro Takemine, Meisei University, etc.


A total of 29 participants from 20 countries (students or researchers between the ages of 19 and 31)

*5 of 29 participants participated online

Guest Participants

  • Ms. Miyu Yamaguchi, Nagasaki Youth Delegation 2021
  • Ms. Bedi Racule, From Marshall Islands, Former representative of the youth organization “MISA4ThePacific”

Hiroshima Session Schedule (excerpts)

Date Time Program
AM Opening, Orientation, Overview and Ice breaking
PM Guided Tour of the Peace Memorial Park, Visit to the Peace Memorial Museum
Welcome Dinner
AM Visit Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum
Exchange with Hibakusha (A-Bomb survivors)
PM Global Hibakushas Today
(Ms. Miyu Yamaguchi, Ms. Bedi Racule, Prof. Seiichiro Takamine)
AM Visit to the Hiroshima Prefectural Government
Courtesy call with Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki
Visit to Hiroshima City Hall
Courtesy call with Mayor Kazumi Matsui
PM Visit to the Chugoku Shimbun (Local Newspaper)
Meeting with Ms. Yumi Kanazaki, Director, Peace Media Center, The Chugoku Shimbun
Exchange with youth activists in Hiroshima
NGO ANT-Hiroshima
AM Preparation for final presentation
PM Final Presentation (Public)

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