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Hiroshima for Global Peace

ICAN Academy 2019Hiroshima – ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2019

Hiroshima Prefecture and International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Award-winning organization, jointly launch the “Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security” to nurture future leaders who could make concrete contributions towards realizing a peaceful world.

Program Overview

【Dates】 Wednesday, July 31 – Thursday, August 8, 2019 [9 days]

            (1-5-3 Otemachi Nakaku Hiroshima 730-0051Japan)

【Program fee】 Free
・ Meals and accommodation during the program, costs associated with the fieldwork (admission fee, etc.) will be covered by the organizer.
・ Participants are responsible for arranging and covering their travel expenses from/to their home to/from the above venue in Hiroshima, visa fees (if applicable), travel insurance, and other personal expenses associated with their participation.

【Participants】 14 students and young professionals(25 years of age or younger)

   ・7 from nuclear-weapons states (NWS)
   ・7 from non-nuclear-weapons states (NNWS)
※NWS are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States as defined by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). NNWS are all the countries that are not NWS. Two outstanding participants, who are from one of the NWS , and are 20 years old or younger, will be awarded with travel scholarship. Travel scholarship will cover roundtrip travel expenses between their country of residence and Hiroshima.(Max: 300 thousand yen)

Program Features

 ・Understand the reality of the atomic bombing, such as the inhumanity of nuclear weapons and health effects of radiation, through testimonies and participation in the Peace Memorial Ceremony.
   ・Learn about global trends on nuclear weapons and global security, through exchange with UN officials, diplomats, and NGO members.
   ・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.
※The program will be conducted entirely in English.

Key Pillars

Participants will visit places that
are unique to Hiroshima and listen to a wide range of testimonies. Reflection sessions will allow participants to exchange views and learn from one another.
Lectures by distinguished experts will encompass the perspectives of international organizations, national governments and civil society. Each lecture will be followed by discussion. In small groups, participants will engage in group work, such as policy recommendations. UN officials and diplomats will advise the participants. There will be an opportunity to present the work.
Schedule (Tentative) ※The schedule is subject to change.
Date Schedule
July 30
Participants to arrive at Hiroshima
July 31

– Opening ceremony, orientation, ice Breaking
– Visit to Peace Memorial Park and Peace Memorial Museum
– Testimony by atomic-bomb survivors (Hibakusha)
– Visit to Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) and other medical and scientific institutions
– Exchange with civil society organizations and youth groups

August 1
August 2
August 3

– What is the atomic bombing?
– The atomic age
– The history of nuclear weapons development and Global Hibakusha
– International frameworks on nuclear disarmament and international security.
– Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)
– Up-skilling workshops

August 4
August 5
Group Challenge

– Set goals and targets
– Simulation exercise
– Consultation with UN officials and diplomats
– Discussion with diplomats
– Preparation for the final presentation
– Peace Memorial Ceremony

August 6
August 7
August 8

Public event, closing ceremony
(The program will end by noon)


Application requirements

Applicants shall meet all of the following conditions.

  1. Applicants shall be students or young professionals approximately 25 years of age or younger.
  2. Applicants should have a strong interest in issues related to nuclear weapons and security, and also be keen to work for global peace.
  3. “Nuclear-weapon states” are as defined in the NPT (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), and NWS applicants shall have a nationality of any of these countries.
  4. To be eligible for the travel scholarship, applicants must have a nationality prescribed in (3) and be approximately 20 years old or younger. The successful candidates will be provided with round-trip travel expenses from the resident country to Japan.
  5. Applicants under the category of “Non-nuclear-weapon states (NNWS)” are those who have nationality other than prescribed in Requirement (3).
  6. Among the NNWS participants, two (2) of them shall be and residents of Hiroshima Prefecture (Japanese Nationality) or their children, who have a Japanese Nationality.
  7. Applicants should be able to arrive at the venue on July 30 (Tue).
  8. Applicants should be able to participate in discussions in English.
  9. Applicants should be able to conduct group activities according to the program.
  10. Applicants should have access to the Internet for communication prior to the program.
  11. Applicants should have the will to remain actively involved in the issues of nuclear weapons and global security after the program by making full use of the knowledge and skills gained in the program, and to be able to disseminate about their experiences utilizing social media, etc.



Application method and deadline

Please download the application form below.
Fill out the application form, sign, and send it by post or by email to the Peace Promotion Project Team, Hiroshima Prefectural Government (see below for the address).


【Application Form】


The application form consists of three parts:

  1. Personal Particulars
  2. English Proficiency
  3. Short Essay (700 words)
    “Current situation and issues of nuclear weapons and global security”

【Application Deadline】Friday, May 10, 2019 | 17:00 (Japan Standard Time)

   ・If any changes have to be made to the information submitted, please promptly contact the Peace Promotion Project Team as below.
   ・Submitted personal information will be managed by the organizer and will not be used for any purposes other than those related to the project.


The selection committee will review the applications based on the application requirements as above. A phone/Skype interview (in English) may be conducted in late May to early June. If applicable, applicants will be contacted by the organizer to schedule the interview.

  1.  All applicants will be notified of the selection result by Friday, June 7, 2019.
  2. Even after the selection has been made, if a successful applicant engages in an inappropriate act or suffers a significant health issue, the organizer reserves the right to cancel their participation.

Inquiries about this page

Hiroshima Prefectural Office

Street address:10-52, Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, 730-8511



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