This year, marking the 71st anniversary of the end of the war as well as the year Mr. Barack Obama visited Hiroshima as the first sitting U.S. president, the Peace Studies Seminar program kicked off at the Kinugasa Seminar House on August 1, 2016.
This program started in 1995 by Professor Atsushi Fujioka of Ritsumeikan University and Professor Peter Kuznick of American University. This year a total of 25 students from Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University along with 17 students from American University attend the program. The aim of the program is to learn the historical viewpoints of people from different countries, despite the fact that the students have different historical backgrounds.
Prior to the highlights of this trip in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, their trip started from Kyoto and the students spent a couple of days there, a visit to the Kyoto Museum for World Peace and attendance at lectures given by Professor Kimijima (College of International Relations) and Ms. Koko Kondo, a prominent Atomic Bomb survivor. In her lecture, she said that “We should not hate the person, but the evil in the mind of the human being,” which inspired many students.