No more Nagasakis: Interfaith action toward a world without nuclear weapons

Toyokazu Ihara
Toyokazu Ihara

The series Faith, Hope, and Knowledge: Interfaith Dialogues for Global Justice and Peace continues with a presentation by Toyokazu Ihara, a survivor of the atomic bombing of the southern Japanese city of Nagasaki. 

"No more Nagasakis: Interfaith action toward a world without nuclear weapons" will take place in 120 Physical Sciences Building on Thursday, September 28, at 4:30 p.m.

Yuki Miyamoto, associate professor of religious studies at DePaul University in Chicago, will serve as a commenter. An open discussion will follow. 

Ihara was a child when the United States military dropped an atomic bomb on his home city in August 1945. His mother, sister, and two brothers died of radiation exposure after participating in rescue work. 

Ihara went on to become a union organizer, a longtime Nagasaki city council member, president of a major survivors' organization, and an active member of a 45-year-old group of leaders of local Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, Muslim, and Shinto religious organizations. 

He will be in the United States as a Special Communicator for a World Without Nuclear Weapons, an official designation granted by Japan's ministry of foreign affairs.

Yuki Miyamoto

Miyamoto, author of the book Beyond the Mushroom Cloud: Commemoration, Religion, and Responsibility after Hiroshima, has been designated a Peace Correspondent by the mayor of Nagasaki. She will help put Ihara's activism in context. 

The Faith, Hope, and Knowledge series is a collaborative project of the Einaudi Center and Cornell United Religious Work. This event is cosponsored by the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies

The first talk, by historian M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J., of the University of San Francisco, looked at the interactions between Jesuit missionaries and their hosts in early modern Japan and China. 

The series is supported by funds from the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs as part of its strategic priority to promote global-at-home learning.