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Hiroshima for Global Peace

Hiroshima ICAN Academy – Learn about nuclear weapons and security


Hiroshima Prefecture and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Global Security (ICAN), hold the Hiroshima ICAN Academy in order to nurture global leaders who can make concrete contributions towards a more peaceful and secure world.


◆Sponsor: Hiroshima Prefecture / International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Global Security (ICAN)
◆Program Features (Contents varies by year)
○Learn about the reality of atomic bombings (the inhumanity of nuclear weapons, the effects of radiation etc.).
○Study global initiatives surrounding nuclear weapons and security
○Gain the skills to make concrete contributions to the world and to operate internationally, then propose and create a plan for future action.


○Students or working adults under the age of 25: Approx. 30
○Citizens of nuclear weapons states (USA, UK, China, France, Russia): Approx. 15
〇Citizens of non-nuclear weapon states* Approx. 15

〇UN-affiliated individuals, diplomats, domestic and foreign scholars, NGO members etc.


Most Recent Academy

2023 (5th)


(1) “Online Learning and Webinar Session” Several webinars scheduled for the first half of October

                                                                         (exact dates will be announced later)

(2)“Hiroshima Session”            Tuesday, October 24 – Friday, October 27

(3)“Online Reflection Session”        Friday, November 17


The program will be conducted in English.



Costs associated with programs on “Hiroshima session”

Free (travel costs not included)

  • Meals and accommodation during the program and costs associated with the fieldwork (admission fees, etc.) will be covered by the organizers.
  • Participants are responsible for covering their travel expenses to and from their home and Hiroshima, visa fees (if applicable), overseas travel insurance fees, and other personal expenses associated with their participation.

Sessions Overview

1)”Online Learning and Webinar Session”

Through an asynchronous learning program (self-paced) and participating in webinars as a synchronous program (set-pace, at scheduled times), participants will learn about four themes: the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons; the political, legal, and technical aspects of nuclear weapons and global security; civil society in action; and disarmament diplomacy and the role of the United Nations.


During the interactive and engaging webinars, participants will have opportunities to learn both from guest educators, including Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors), and each other.

  • Time and Dates: TBD (Several webinars will be scheduled for the first half of October)
  • Platform for webinars: Zoom (TBC)
2)”Hiroshima Session”

Participants will have the unique opportunity to learn about the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons through activities such as directly hearing Hibakusha testimonies and visiting A-bombed sites and Peace Memorial Museum, along with other learning about other nuclear weapons-related topics.


This is an in-person educational program in Hiroshima. It is increasingly important during this time of tension regarding the potential use of nuclear weapons for participants to come together to learn from Hiroshima and its people.

  • Dates: Tuesday, October 24 – Friday, October 27
  • Venue: Hiroshima City
3) “Online Reflection Session”

After participants return to their places of residence, there will be an online forum for participants to share how they will apply what they have learned through the Academy in their respective activities, locations, and initiatives.

  • Date: Friday, November 17
  • Time: TBD
  • Platform: Zoom (TBC)

Past Academies

2022 (4rd)

2021 (3rd) ※Held only online due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020 (2nd) ※Held only online due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2019 (1st)

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