Youth from Okinawa, Hiroshima and Nagasaki share thoughts on peace

Youth from Okinawa, Hiroshima and Nagasaki share thoughts on peace

On June 23 at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City, participants of “Hiroshima Nagasaki Okinawa Wakamun Conference 2016” discussed the future of peace education.


June 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 23 at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman City, the “Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa Wakamun Conference 2016” was held. The participants were young people who act as peace guides in the three prefectures that had tremendous damage during World War II. Reflecting on existing peace education, 12 participants shared their thoughts on how to “expand activities of positive peace and think about peace constructively.” The organizer is venture company Gachiyun launched by students from the University of the Ryukyus.

A lady from Yokohama said that she does not remember having peace education in her hometown. She said, “I feel envy that Okinawa, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki have many chances to learn about war.” Also, another lady said, “People become removed from peace education after finishing school. It may be better to have an environment to think about it on a long-term basis.”

President of Gachiyun Shun Kuninaka said, “It is important to listen to the valuable stories of war experiences. However, we should think about how we can connect it to the peaceful future. I hope to look for peace education that people can feel in their heart.”

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)

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