[Special Program]
Living in North America as a Nuclear Weapon Survivor

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  • Speaker: Setsuko Thurlow
  • Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 7:00-8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
  • Site: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Language: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Supported by: Hiroshima Jogakuin University, Embassy of Canada
  • Seating: 200 (decided by lot. A maximum of 2 people can be registered at once.)
  • Admission: 1,000 yen (IHJ Members/Students: 500 yen) (reservations required)
  • Registration: Via registration form on the website or by phone. Only those who are chosen in the lottery will be notified by November 16.
    (Registration deadline November 8)
Ms. Setsuko Thurlow, a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor who delivered a speech on the abolition of nuclear weapons at the Nobel Peace Prize presentation in 2017, will share her experience of living in the United States in the period following World War II, her life as a social worker and her work with the nuclear weapon abolition campaign. This will be an opportunity to think about what is needed for lasting peace.


(English lecture with Japanese subtitles)

Setsuko Thurlow
Thurlow Setsuko
Born in 1932, Ms. Thurlow survived the Hiroshima atomic bombing at the age of 13, 1.8 km away from the hypocenter. After graduating from Hiroshima Jogakuin University in 1954, she received a scholarship to study in the United States. She later moved to Toronto, Canada, where she settled down. In 1965, she started working in the field of education and health care as a social worker. As an atomic bomb survivor, Ms. Thurlow has long been telling her story in English across the world. In addition, she has been working with ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) since its establishment in 2007 and has committed herself to its campaign by sharing her personal testimony. She contributed to the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in 2017, and delivered a speech at the Nobel Peace Prize Presentation in 2017 when ICAN accepted the Peace Prize.
Doden Aiko (Special Affairs Commentator, NHK World)
Doden Aiko
Ms. Doden has expertise in reporting on a wide range of global issues from hard security to human security. While presenting NHK World “Eye on Asia” news as a commentator, she covers Southeast Asia, Japan-US relations and Japan’s foreign policy. Ms. Doden is a popular face on TV, having anchored key news programs such as “NHK Good Morning Japan,” “NHK News at 9 PM,” “NHK World Network” and “NHK Asian Voices.” She was a correspondent based in Thailand extensively covering ASEAN countries. She holds an MA from Columbia University.