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2022 Hiroshima - ICAN Academy

Welcome to the 2022 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.

Hiroshima Prefecture and ICAN will hold the Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2022. Through this training program, we aim to nurture global leaders who can make concrete contributions towards a more peaceful and secure world. 

The Academy 2022 participants are required to read and watch the following materials. The “suggested” readings and videos are not required but encouraged to read and watch. Some of the materials are protected with passwords. Please refer to the Guidance for Participants.


Material for Participants


Webinar 1: Humanitarian and environmental consequences of nuclear weapons, which disregard human rights

Required videos

  1. 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". Koko Kondo, our guest educator, was featured in this documentary along with her father, a Methodist minister Kiyoshi Tanimoto. Watch Part I (49min) and Part II (50min)
  2. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, “[Hiroshima-ICAN Academy 2021 Special Program] Day2_Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park”, Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2021, March 2022 (40min)
  3. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, “[Hiroshima-ICAN Academy 2021 Special Program] Day2_Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum”, Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2021, March 2022 (40min)
  4. Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF), “Virtual Tour of RERF”, Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2020, 2020 (22min)
  5. Mary Dickson,Downwinders Interview with Mary Dickson”, the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library, January 2017 (9 min)
  6. Mary Dickson, “Mary Dickson”, World Nuclear Survivors Forum 2021, December 2021 (10 min)

Required readings

  1. 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
  2. Mary Olson, “Human consequences of radiation: A gender factor in atomic harm”, Civil Society Engagement in Disarmament Processes - The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Ban, Civil Society and Disarmament 2016, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, 2016
  3. The University of Utah, “Downwinders of Utah Archive"

Suggested videos

  1. Sue Coleman-Haseldine speech at the UN conference to negotiate a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, 2017 (4 min)
  2. Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese, “The Long Fight for the Good of Mankind”, 2021 (15 mins)
  3. ABC News In-Depth, “This Concrete Dome Holds A Leaking Toxic Timebomb”, 2017 (41 mins) 
  4. Right Livelihood, “Tony de Brum's Acceptance Speech for the 2015”, 2015 (19 min)
  5. ICAN and Peace Boat, Archives of the World Nuclear Survivors Forum 2021, 2021

Suggested readings

  1. Setsuko Thurlow, “Setsuko Thurlow remembers the Hiroshima bombing”, Arms Control Today, July/August 2020
  2. Erika Hayasaki, “Daughters of the Bomb: A Story of Hiroshima, Racism and Human Rights”, Narratively, 2020
  3. ICAN, “Black Mist - The impact of nuclear weapons on Australia”, 2014


Webinar 2: How nuclear disarmament correlates with achieving SDGs?

Required videos

  1. PEAC Institute, “The Truth About the Confederacy in the USA” (60 min)
  2. Rebecca Irby, “Disarmament and Decolonization”, Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2022, 2022 (27 min)

Required readings

  1. ICAN, “Racism and nuclear weapons”, 2021
  2. Rebecca Irby, “Statement from PEAC Institute and New Detroit, A Racial Justice Organization, to the States Parties of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty”, August 2022
  3. Understanding Race, Are we so different?, 2021
  4. PEAC Institute, “The NPT, TPNW, and You” 2022
  5. Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki, ”Perspectives from Hiroshima ~A reflection on nuclear weapons and SDG implementation”, UN High Level Political Forum Special Session, 2022
  6. Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace (HOPe), “Hiroshima Initiative -Global Call to Action to End Nuclear Weapons”, 2020
  7. Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace (HOPe), Global Alliance“Sustainable Peace and Prosperity for All”, 2022

Suggested readings

  1. Ray Acheson, “A feminist critique of the atomic bomb”, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, 2018
  2. Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace (HOPe), “Hiroshima Report 2022”, 2022
  3. Joint Statement of 67 States on Gender, Diversity and Inclusion at the 10th NPT Review Conference, delivered by Canada, August 2022


Webinar 3: Nuclear weapons’ impact on environment – past, present and future

Required Videos

  1. Isao Hashimoto, "1945-1998", CTBTO Preparatory Commission, 6 July 2012 (14 min)
  2. DOCMINE Productions AG, “Nuclear Games interactive learning about nuclear technologies and their environmental
    consequences”, 2021

Required readings

  1. Karly Burch, “What nuclear energy has to do with nuclear war”, Newsroom, 12 March 2022
  2. Matt Bivens, “Nuclear Famine”, IPPNW, August 2022

Suggested videos

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

Suggested readings

  1. Adam Broinowski, “Nuclear imperialism. In I. Ness & Z. Cope (Eds.)”, The Palgrave encyclopedia of imperialism and
    anti-imperialism (pp. 1–10). Springer. 29 May 2020
  2. Danielle Endres, “From wasteland to waste site: The role of discourse in nuclear power’s environmental injustices”, Local Environment, 14(10), pp.917–937, 15 October 2009
  3. Karly Burch, “The Russian takeover of the defunct Chernobyl site challenges the ‘peaceful, safe and sustainable’ branding of nuclear energy”, The Conversation, 24 March 2022


Webinar 3+: UN, SDGs and nuclear disarmament

Required readings

  1. UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, “Securing Our Common Future - An Agenda for Disarmament”, UN Disarmament Agenda, 2018 (See also the section of ‘Disarmament and the Sustainable Development Goals’ on the website)
  2. Reaching Critical Will/Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), NPT News In Review, Vol.17, No.10, 27 August 2022
  3. Declaration “Our commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons” (Annex I) and the Vienna Action Plan (Annex II), Report of the First Meeting of States Parties of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, TPNW/MSP/2022/6, 21 July 2022

Suggested readings

  1. Report of the UN Secretary-General, Our Common Agenda, September 2021
  2. Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace (HOPe), Hiroshima Report 2022, April 2022
  3. Key statements and documents to the 10th NPT Review Conference, August 2022

4. Akira Kawasaki, “TPNW: Taking Action Together”, Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non Proliferation and
Disarmament (APLN), July 2022


Webinar 4 (Financial aspect of nuclear weapons - spending, corporations and divestment)

Required videos

  1. Here are the companies profiting from U.S. nuclear weapons”, CNBC, 25 March 2022 (12 min)
  2. Business as usual? This is how much they spent on nuclear weapons in 2020...”, 7 June 2021 (1 min)
  3. NoWar2021: Divestment Workshop”, WorldBeyondWar, 23 June 2021 (57 min)
  4. “ICAN Nuclear Ban Forum - Main Stage - Sunday 19 June 2022”, The Ban is the Plan, 19 June 2022 (from 1:33:00 – 2:30:00)

Required readings

  1. Jon Schwarz, “How to Dismantle the Absurd Profitability of Nuclear Weapons”, The Intercept, 4 May 2019
  2. Alicia Sanders-Zakre & Susi Snyder,How the nuclear weapons industry is dominating think tank research”, Responsible Statecraft, 28 July 2021
  3. A successful engagement with Namibia”, Shareholders for Change, 20 October 2021
  4.  “Engagement success! Namibia accedes to the UN Biological Weapons Convention”, Shareholders for Change, 17 June 2022
  5. Divestment campaign aims at banks funding nukes”, The Catholic Register, 30 July 2020

Watching / reading materials before coming to Hiroshima

Suggested videos

  1. MISA 4 the Pacific, “MISA My Fish is your Fish”, July 2019 (16 min)
  2. Holly Barker, “U.S. Nuclear Testing on the Marshall Islands”, 2012 (80 min)
  3. Barbara Rose Johnston, “Marshall Islands Nuclear Legacies”, 2017 (33 min)
  4. Mary Popeo et al., “Young Activists in Japan”, Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2020, 2020 (27min)
  5. The trees that survived the bombing of Hiroshima”, BBC, 2020 (4 min)
  6. Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels, “Out of Hiroshima, Into the Future - Life and Art in the Nuclear Age”, 2021 (90 min)
  7. ANT-Hiroshima’s YouTube channel with Hibakusha’s testimonies in various languages

Suggested readings

  1. Kakuwaka: a group of young people actively thinking about nuclear weapons”, Hiroshima for Global Peace, 2021
  2. Sumiko Hatakeyama and Akira Kawasaki, Navigating Disarmament Education: The Peace Boat Model, Civil Society and Disarmament 2020, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, 2020





2022 Program Overview

The Academy 2022 is planned to be held in two sessions; ”Online Learning and Webinar Session”, and “Hiroshima Session”. Participants are expected to complete both sessions.  The Academy 2022's overall theme will be “Nuclear weapons and sustainability”. The grave risks associated with nuclear weapons have become evident today as global concerns on climate and health crises grow. Participants are expected to tackle these problems in seeking a sustainable solution to present security issues through a critical and interactive learning process. 


  1. “Online Learning and Webinar Session” (4 days during mid october and the beginning of November)

  2. “Hiroshima Session” (Wednesday, November 9 – Saturday, November 12)


30 students in college, university, or graduate school and young professionals (approximately 25 years of age or younger)

  • 5 from nuclear weapon states (as per NPT: China, France, Russia, UK, USA)

  • 15 from non-nuclear weapon states 

*Among participants, one (1) shall have a connection to Hiroshima Prefecture.


The programme will be conducted in English

Tuition fee


Costs for the Hiroshima Session

The session is free to attend. 

  • Meals and accommodation during the program, and costs associated with the fieldwork (admission fees etc.) will be covered by the organizers.

  • Participants are responsible for covering their travel expenses from/to their home to/from the venue in Hiroshima, visa fees (if applicable), overseas travel insurance fees and other personal expenses associated with their participation.


Several outstanding participants may be supported with a travel scholarship. In principle, the scholarships will be provided to those who would otherwise find it difficult to come to Hiroshima for economic reasons, mainly from economically disadvantaged countries/regions. Intention to apply for this need-basis travel scholarship will not have any impact on the overall selection process. Participants are encouraged to seek financial support from their school or affiliated organization. The organizers can issue an official supporting letter for these purposes.

Sessions Overview

  1. Online Learning and Webinar Session

    Through an asynchronous training program (self-paced) and participating in webinars as a synchronous training program (set-pace, at scheduled times), participants will learn about four themes: the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons; the political, legal, and technical aspects of nuclear weapons and global security; civil society in action; and disarmament diplomacy and the role of the United Nations. During the interactive and engaging webinars, participants will have opportunities to learn from guest educators including atomic bomb survivors, as well as mutual learning among participants themselves. 

    Platform for webinars: Zoom (TBC)

  2. Hiroshima Session

    Participants will have an invaluable opportunity to learn about the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons through activities such as directly hearing testimonies of the survivors and visiting the A-bombed remains and peace museum unique to Hiroshima, along with other themes. This is an in-person training program in Hiroshima. It is even more important, during the grave tension of potential use of nuclear weapons, for participants to come together to learn from Hiroshima and its people.  

    Dates:    Wednesday, November 9 – Saturday, November 12
    Venue: An accommodation and training facility in Hiroshima City


Program Features

  • Understand the reality of the atomic bombing, such as the inhumanity of nuclear weapons and health effects of radiation, through testimonies of the survivors.

  • Learn about global trends on nuclear weapons and global security, through exchange with professors and researchers of universities, institutions, and so forth.

  • Acquire necessary skills and innovative visions for concretely contributing in the global arena towards realizing a peaceful world.

  • Engage with and learn from UN officials, diplomats, and NGO members.


Program Themes

  • Humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons

  • Political, legal, and technical aspects of nuclear weapons and global security 

  • Civil society in action 

  • Diplomacy for disarmament and security, and the role of the United Nations


Open Learning Course

The Open Learning Course will be available for anyone interested in learning about nuclear issues and international politics after the sessions. Details will be announced in late 2022.


Schedule (Tentative) 


Wednesday, June 1

Information Sessions

1) 7:30-9:00pm Japan Standard Time:JST (UTC+9), Friday, July 1

2) 8:00-9:30am JST(UTC+9), Tuesday, July 12

Application Period:

 Friday, July 1 – Friday, August 12

Application deadline:

Friday, August 12


Monday, August 15 - Friday, September 9

Notice of acceptance:

Friday, September 16

Online Learning and Webinar Session:

4 days between Mid October and the beginning of November

Hiroshima Session:

Wednesday, November 9 – Saturday, November 12



Executive Committee of Hiroshima-ICAN Academy
Tel: +81-82-513-2368
Email: [email protected]
Address: 10-52, Motomachi, Naka-ku, HiroshimaCity, 730-8511, Japan

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  • Florian Eblenkamp
    published this page in Campaign News 2022-06-01 12:19:54 +0200