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Honoring Enemy POWs: A Grassroots Initiative

For the past two decades, a memorial service has been held each year for Allied prisoners of war who died in Japan. The organizers of this event, held at a war cemetery in Yokohama, are private Japanese citizens. What motivates them to remember and honor their erstwhile enemies?

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

An introduction to Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, which commemorates the bombing of the city with numerous monuments and facilities.

President Obama Visits Hiroshima: A Selection of Related Content

Barack Obama became the first serving US president to visit Hiroshima on May 27, 2016. The city is now a standard-bearer for the antinuclear movement, and locals hope that the visit can spur on disarmament efforts. Discover the city from many angles through the selection of content below.

Hiroshima: A Living Monument to Human ResilienceVitaly Portnikov

I visited Hiroshima for the first time on November 14, 2015. The first places that most newcomers to the city visit are the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, strongly associated with the tragedy that befell the city on August 6, 1945, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Setting foot in the museum, the visitor confronts the same feeling one has at any memorial to preserve the memory of an…

Boosting Japan’s “Proactive Contributions to Peace”Jeffrey Hornung

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō returned to office in 2012 with a promise to change Japan. Looking at his term thus far and his efforts to strengthen the US-Japan alliance, revise his country’s security policies, and pursue difficult economic reforms, Abe has already proven to be one of Japan’s most transformative premiers. This year, after a speech to Congress and a seventieth anniversary statement mar…

When Will the “Postwar” End? Japanese Youth in Search of a FutureFuruichi Noritoshi

Japanese teenagers and young adults are remarkably content with their lives, in spite—or perhaps because—of the uncertain future they face. Sociologist Furuichi Noritoshi makes the case that the nation has betrayed its young people by artificially extending the “postwar” economy instead of adapting to the realities of a post-postwar world.

Unchaining the Potential of Women Worldwide: An Interview with Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni woman who stood at the forefront of the Arab Spring movement in her country. Her efforts to foster democracy in Yemen earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. She visited Japan to attend the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo in September 2014 and sat down with Nippon.com to discuss her recent activities.

How Safe is Japan?

In 2013, the number of foreign visitors to Japan topped 10 million for the first time. The government has set a target of 20 million visitors for 2020, when the Summer Olympics come to Tokyo. With safety a primary concern for international travelers, how safe is Japan compared with other countries?

World Heritage: Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) (360° Panorama)Somese Naoto (Photographer)

This series of 360° panoramic images shows Hiroshima as you’ve never seen it before—from the inside of the A-Bomb Dome (normally closed to the public) to the August 6 memorial ceremony, the Peace Memorial Museum, and the lantern floating ceremony held to commemorate those who died in the world’s first nuclear attack.

The New Palestinian Prime Minister Looks Ahead

Just days after taking the helm as the new Palestinian prime minister, Dr. Rami Hamdallah met the chairman of the Nippon Foundation, Sasakawa Yōhei, in Palestine. On June 11, the two discussed the Palestinian situation and how Japan can provide assistance.

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