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Tokyo Campus
August 23, 2018

SGH: Nagasaki field work


From August 20 to 22, students went to Nagasaki for field work. It was the first time for the school to hold field work in Nagasaki. Among the students that belong to the Global Leaders Program (GLP), eight students participated in this field work.
On the first day, they visited the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University (RECNA) and attended a lecture, titled "Peace education and Nagasaki," by Professor Byungdug Jun. He talked about various examples of peace education conducted at a place actually hit with an atomic bomb, Nagasaki, paying attention to the fact that the nature of peace education is greatly changing.
That night, the students listened to Ms. Kosuzu Harada, whose grandfather had been hit by the atomic bombs both in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She firmly stated, "There is something that we, the generation that hasn't experienced major wars, can relay to the future generations—sharing stories of the experience of being bombed.”
On the second day, the students visited Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. They closely looked at panel exhibitions and photos of the devastation that claimed a lot of lives 73 years ago. They then listened to Mr. Kazumi Yamada, who suffered from the atomic bombing. He talked about the conditions of that time and his desire for peace.
That afternoon, they went to Kwassui Senior High School in Nagasaki and interacted with students belonging to the peace study club. Soka GLP students reported the results of their survey on nuclear abolition that was conducted for Tokyo Soka Senior High School students in June. After the report, Soka students and Kwassui students were divided into small groups and held active discussions with each other according to topics such as "What is the main feature of peace education in Nagasaki?" and "Do you think dialogue is important for peace?"
On the third day, they visited Shiroyama Elementary School, which is home to the biggest ruins of the atomic bombing. The students were horrified by the fact that the space for studying instantly disappeared, and they renewed a sense of gratitude for their current peaceful environment, which allows them to study. They then moved to Peace Park and conducted a street survey on atomic bombings both in Japanese and English. The students received a variety of opinions on nuclear abolition from tourists from outside Japan, as well as comments on peace education as conducted in and around Nagasaki.
Through the three-day workshop, all the participating students pledged with each other to learn more as a “person concerned with realizing nuclear abolition” and to take actions right from where they are standing, without thinking of the tragedy in Nagasaki as a "past event."