Peace Event to Focus on Hiroshima and Fukushima ‘Hibaku’

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The World Peace Pageant 2011 will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at Terasaki Foundation Laboratory, 11570 Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Organized by Live Forum Foundation USA and co-sponsored by the UCLA Paul and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, with the cooperation of the City of Hiroshima, the event will send an appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons to the rest of the world.

The title for this year’s event is “About the Two Hibaku,” which refers to exposure to radiation from Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, and then from the Fukushima nuclear power plant following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Hibakusha is the word for atomic-bomb survivors.

A video message from Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui will begin the program. Video presentations will also include a profile of Harold Agnew, a scientist who developed the atomic bomb as a member of the Manhattan Project and flew as a scientific observer on the mission that dropped the Hiroshima bomb.

Panelists will include Hiroshima survivor Kaz Suyeishi; Akutagawa Prize winner Fumiko Kometani; Oscar-nominated writer Josh Greenfeld; and Dr. Jimmy Hara, physician and UCLA professor. Yuko Gold will serve as moderator. Gail Cottman of the Garden of Oz and ceramic artist and printmaker Julie Hunter will be special guests.

In advanced European countries such as Germany, Italy and Switzerland, the movement against nuclear power plants is rising. The world is watching what direction Japan will take in its energy policy after experiencing two hibaku.

In the U.S., especially in California, electrical power generation using alternative energy sources such as wind and sunlight have drawn significant attention. With this trend to support electricity generation without nuclear power, organizers say, the idea of abolishing the nuclear weapons is a natural result.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Children must be over 10 years old. To RSVP, email [email protected]

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