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Tokyo Campus
September 22, 2018

Students attend a nuclear abolition symposium

On Saturday, September 22, students that belong to GLP attended the first symposium commemorating "International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons," titled "Will nuclear weapons protect what is important for us? -From a view point of humanity and gender." The symposium was hosted by Soka Gakkai International (SGI). After the keynote lecture by Ms. Laura Maria Esquivel Mora, who is the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Costa Rica, the presentation was made by the following four panelists: Mr. Masao Tomonaga, honorary director of the Japanese Red Cross Nagasaki Genbaku Hospital; Ms. Toshie Kurihara, senior research fellow of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy; Mr. Akira Kawasaki, a member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN); and Ms. Masako Toki of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. The students had this great opportunity to listen to a highly professional symposium that analyzed the inhumane nature of nuclear weapons in terms of gender. One of the participating students commented, "I found that the empowerment of women was essential to promote nuclear disarmament. I feel that nuclear weapons pose a threat to human life itself, thus nuclear weapons are issues related to gender and human beings as a whole."