Monday, June 7, 2010

Back to Japan...

It’s been awhile since my last post. I took a few months off in order to deal with the loss of my mother and take care of family matters. Life is different now, but I am still committed to documenting the stories of the hibakusha.

In order to get refocused, I traveled to Japan and South Korea to meet with more hibakusha and do more research. Did you know there are 2,696 hibakusha living in South Korea? Now you do. And soon, you will hear some of their remarkable stories.

Most everything is in place now. I just have to do some final tests and I will begin documenting the hibakusha’s stories next month.

Meanwhile…The United Nations Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is currently under way in New York City.
ニューヨークでは核不拡散条約(NPT)再検討会議が行われています。 (英語)

As stated on the UN’s website, “The NPT is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament.”

Every five years, representatives from nations around the globe come to the conference to discuss current nuclear issues and review the treaty to make it stronger and better in an effort to make this world a better and safer place to live. The conference runs through May 28.

A number of my colleagues attended the first week of the conference and I hope to have more information and links to their experience. One of the speakers was Sumiteru Taniguchi, who I met with while I was in Nagasaki last April. He was 16 years old when the US dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. He talked about his experience as a survivor. (english)
私の同僚の多くが会議の1週目に参加しましたし、彼らからの情報もここで紹介していきたいと思っています。私が去年4月に長崎でお会いした谷口稜曄さんもヒバクシャを代表して会議で証言をされました。彼は原爆が投下されたとき16歳でした。 (日本語)

I probably should have been in New York City as well, however, I was in Hawai’i to speak about “Project Hibakusha : Hope for Peace” on the radio show “Talking Out Loud” with University of Hawai’i Professor Christine Yano. You can listen to the show online here. (english)
私も是非ニューヨークに行きたかったのですが、ちょうどハワイで「プロジェクト・ヒバクシャ:平和への願い」について広報活動をしていました。ハワイ大学のクリスティーン・ヤノ教授と一緒に“Talking Out Loud”というラジオ番組に出演した様子をこちらでお聞きください。 (英語)

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