2020 Hiroshima - ICAN Academy


Welcome to the Hiroshima - ICAN Academy! ICAN and the Hiroshima Prefecture are very excited to provide what we sincerely hope will be an enriching and inspirational learning experience for you.

This page will serve as your main portal for all the materials you'll need to participate in the online phase of the Academy, including the calendar of events, video lectures, assignment information, contact details and more.

The ICAN team, including the main course operators from ICAN partner Peace Boat, are at your service for any questions, comments or concerns that you have throughout the course. Please don't hesitate to get in touch!


The 2020 ICAN-Hiroshima Academy is in the books! Check out the reports to read up on how it went.



**Participants should refer to the Guidance for Participants for a detailed webinar schedule.**

Monday, July 27. Access reserved to academy participants.

Monday, August 3: Access reserved to academy participants.

Thursday, August 6: Public access


Online Learning Materials


Theme 1 Humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons

Required videos

1. “The Reality of Atomic Bomb I - Interview by Sunao Tsuboi”, Think about Peace - Hiroshima as a starting point, Hiroshima Prefecture, 2019 (12min)


2. Lee Jongkeun, “A Korean Hibakusha's Message for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons”, Peace Boat, 2018 (7min)


3. Cannon Hersey, “Hiroshima Revealed”, 2015

Cannon Hersey visited the present day Hiroshima to trace his grandfather John Hersey's footsteps as he wanted to understand his grandfather's feelings when he was writing the book "Hiroshima". Protected with password. Please refer to the online learning guidance.

            Part I  (49min)

            Part II  (50min)

4. Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF), “Virtual Tour of RERF”, Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2020, 2020 (22min)


5. International Committee of the Red Cross x Kurzgesagt, “What if we nuke a city?”, Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, 2019 (9min)


6. Robert Jacobs, “The Global Hibakusha”, Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2020, 2020 (18min)


Required readings

  1. Nanao Kamada, “One Day in Hiroshima -An Oral History”, Japanese affiliate of IPPNW( International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War ), 2007
  2. Setsuko Thurlow, “Setsuko Thurlow remembers the Hiroshima bombing”, Arms Control Today, July/August 2020
  3. Robert Jacobs, “The Radiation That Makes People Invisible: A Global Hibakusha  Perspective”, The Asia Pacific Journal Japan Focus, Volume 12 | Issue 31 | Number 1, 2014
  4. Mick Broderick and Robert Jacobs, “The Global Hibakusha Project: Nuclear Post-colonialism and its Intergenerational Legacy”, Journal for Creative Arts
  5. International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), “A price too high: Rethinking nuclear weapons in light of their human cost”, International Review of the Red Cross, 2016

Suggested websites

  1. Hiroshima Archive       
  2. Nagasaki Archive
  3. Hibakusha Stories - Online Hibakusha Testimonies

Suggested readings

  1. Peter J. Kuznick, “The Decision to Risk the Future: Harry Truman, the Atomic Bomb and the Apocalyptic Narrative”, The Asia Pacific Journal Japan Focus, Volume 5 | Issue 7 | Article ID 2479, July 12, 2007


Theme 2 Political, legal and technical aspects

Required videos

1. “The Nuclear Ban Treaty in a nutshell”, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), 2018 (2 min)


2. Treasa Dunworth, “Overview of legal framework on regulating Nuclear Weapons”, Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2020, 2020


3. Tatsujiro Suzuki, “Era of New Nuclear Threats: 100 Seconds to Midnight”, Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2020, 2020 (13 min)


4. Kjølv Egeland, “Overview of political and historical framework on regulating Nuclear Weapons”, Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2020, 2020 (16 min)


5. Keiko Nakamura, “Nuclear-free Zone in Northeast Asia”, Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2020, 2020


Required readings

  1. Treasa Dunworth, “Negotiating Nuclear Disarmament: Clarifying the Law”, October 2016
  2. Treasa Dunworth, “Strengthening the NPT: International Law and Effective Measures for Nuclear Disarmament”, October 2015
  3. Science and Security Board of Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, "2020 Doomsday Clock Statement: Closer than ever: it is 100 seconds to midnight", January 23 2020           
  4. Henry Kissinger, "The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Forever Alter the World Order", The Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2020
  5. Kjølv Egeland, Magnus Løvold et al., “The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty and the Non-Proliferation Regime”, Medicine, Conflict and Survival 34, no. 2 , 2018
  6. Lyndon Burford et al., “Sidetrack or kickstart? How to respond to the US proposal on nuclear disarmament”, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, April 10 2019
  7. "Northeast Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone - towards the achievement of regional peace and security”, Research Center Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University, March 2020

Suggested readings

  1. Michael Hamel-Green, "Nuclear-weapon-free zone initiatives: challenges and opportunities for regional cooperation on non-proliferation", Global Change, Peace & Security, Volume 21, 2009 - Issue 3
  2. Akira Kawasaki, “The Nuclear Ban Treaty — the Path Forward for North Korea, South Korea, Japan and the Region”, Perspectives on Peace and Security in a Changing Northeast Asia, August 2019


Theme 3 Civil society in action

Required videos

1. Álvaro Orús (Director) and Tony Robinson, “The beginning of the end of nuclear weapons”, Pressenza International Press Agency, 2019 (56 min)


2. Erika Bagnarello, “Flashes of hope: Hibakusha Traveling the World”, Peace Boat, 2019 (60 min)


3. “Trees that survived Hiroshima”, Witness History, BBC, April 2020 (4 min)


4. Mary Popeo et al., “Young Activists in Japan”, Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2020, 2020 (27min)


5. “Akiko's A-Bombed Piano”, Peace Boat, 2019 (4 min)


Required readings

  1. Joint statement from civil society to the states parties of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, May 11, 2020
  2. Motoko Mekata, “How Transnational Civil Society Realized the BanTreaty: An Interview with Beatrice Fihn”, Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament, March 13, 2018
  3. International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, “Gender and Nuclear Weapons”, February 2020

Suggested readings

  1. Celebrating 15 Years of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs Occasional Papers, No.31, 2017


Theme 4 Disarmament diplomacy and role of the UN

Required videos

  1. Izumi Nakamitsu, Statement at the UN Security Council, February 26, 2020

Required readings

  1. Alexander Kmentt, “Bridge building to strengthen the Non-Proliferation Treaty”, European Leadership Network, April 2019
  2. Alexander Kmentt, “The development of the international initiative on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and its effect on the nuclear weapons debate”, International Review of the Red Cross, 97 (899), 681-709, 2015
  3. Joint Communique to Commemorate the 50thAnniversary of theTreaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), May 2020
  4. P5 Joint Statement on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, October 24, 2018
  5. UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the World Health Assembly, “COVID-19 Must Be Global Wake-Up Call”, May 18, 2020

Suggested readings

  1. Hiroshima Report 2020: Evaluation of Achievement in Nuclear Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Security in 2019, Hiroshima Prefecture and Center for Disarmament, Science and TechnologyThe Japan Institute of International Affairs, April 2020
  2. Ray Acheson, 2020 NPT Briefing Book, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, March 2020
  3. Rebecca Johnson, “Will non-proliferation and nuclear restraint be weakened in 2020?”, European Leadership Network, May 24, 2019