Video: Nagasaki bombing survivor calls for end to nuclear weapons

 

 

Toyokazu Ihara delivered a public lecture titled "No More Nagasakis: Interfaith Action Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons," followed by discussion by Yuki Miyamoto on Thursday, September 28, 2017, in 120 Physical Sciences Building.

The presentation was part of the Faith, Hope, and Knowledge initiative coordinated by the Einaudi Center and Cornell Religious Work. The Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies cosponsored Ihara's visit. 

Ihara was a child when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on his home city of Nagasaki 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 group of leaders of local Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist and Shinto religious organizations.

He was 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. He carried a message and gifts to Cornell president Martha Pollack, as well as a letter from the mayor of Nagasaki to Ithaca, NY, mayor Svante Myrick inviting him to join the Mayors for Peace movement. 

Ithaca officially joined in December, when Mayor Myrick sent a letter and symbolic key to the city to Nagasaki mayor Tomihisa Taue via Einaudi Center director Hiro Miyazaki. 

Yuki 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.