Sunday, December 30, 2012

postheadericon Obituary: Keiji Nakazawa, 1939-2012

"Our generation must continue to tell of the horrors of atomic bombs and war."
Keiji Nakazawa, 1939-2012
Keiji Nakazawa

A-bomb survivor Keiji Nakazawa, creator of the Barefoot Gen manga series, passed away on December 19th. He was 73 years old and had been suffering from lung cancer.

Click here to read the rest of this Keiji Nakazawa obituary.
Friday, November 30, 2012

postheadericon Paper Crane Journey Translated into Chinese

For a couple of weeks during August and September ANT-Hiroshima took on a Chinese student, Dong Yanan, as office intern.

While working at ANT-Hiroshima Dong-san translated Paper Crane Journey into Chinese. Dong-san says that she made the translation in the hope of strengthening ties between Japan and China.

Read the full report here.
Sunday, November 25, 2012

postheadericon The Struggle For Girls Education: Shot In The Head For Going To School

Malala Yousafzai
 Malala Yousafzai was born on 12th July 1997. She is a school student in Pakistan, and lives in the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. That is a part of Pakistan where the Taliban are still strong and want to ban girls from attending school.

On 9th October this year Malala was confronted by Taliban gunmen who stopped and boarded her bus as she was on her way home from school and was shot in the head and neck.

This is Malala's story.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

postheadericon Japanese "Garden of Peace" Opens At An Australian Elementary School

Entrance to the "Garden of Peace"
On 19th October 2012 West Lakes Shore Elementary School in the Western Adelaide Region of Australia opened a Japanese style "Garden of Peace".

At the end of last year the school was granted a two million yen budget by the Department of Education, which was devoted to the costs of raw materials for the construction of the garden.

Read our report on the garden here.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

postheadericon Annual Revue Of The Basic Health Unit in Shamshatu, Peshawar, Pakistan

A brief outline of some of the key points extracted from the annual report  of the Basic Health Unit (BHU) in Shamshatu in the village of Baghbanan in the Peshawar district of Pakistan has been uploaded to the ANT-Hiroshima English blog. The period covered is from 1st July 2011 to 30th June 2012.

Basic Health Unit, Shamshatu
Read about the annual report here.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

postheadericon "Bilingual Monkeys": Ideas & Inspiration For Raising Bilingual Children

Hiroshima-based blogger Adam Beck has recently launched an exciting new blog called Bilingual Monkeys to help mixed-heritage families raise their children in a bilingual context.

The homepage of the Bilingual Monkeys blog
Who is Bilingual Monkeys for?

Although Bilingual Monkeys is based on Adam's experience in an English/Japanese household living in Japan, the blog is aimed at "any parent anywhere aiming to boost the language ability of a bilingual child."

That includes:
  • English-speaking parents living in non-English-speaking countries.
  • Parents of other languages nurturing the English ability of their kids.
  • Parents promoting second languages other than English.
Read our review of Bilingual Monkeys on our new blog.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

postheadericon Interview With Ari Beser, Grandson Of Enola Gay & Bock's Car Radar Specialist, Jacob Beser

On 6th August 2012, the 67th ceremony to mark the atom bombing of Hiroshima was attended by Ari Beser, the grandson of Jacob Beser, who was on board the Enola Gay when the bomb was dropped. Also present at the ceremony was Clifton Truman Daniel, the grandson of President Truman.

Beser and Truman laid wreaths at the cenotaph in Hiroshima's Peace Park, “to honor the dead, to not forget, and to make sure that we never let this happen again."

In the last section of this news report, Ari Beser talks about the motive for his visit:

Ari Beser later agreed to answer some questions about his perspective as the grandson of one of the air crew, and in the light of his visit to Japan, where he met several a-bomb survivors.


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What is ANT-Hiroshima?

Asian Network of Trust-Hiroshima, an NGO based in Hiroshima, Japan, draws its inspiration from the experience of the A-bomb survivors who, together with international support, worked to rebuild their shattered city in a spirit of peace and reconciliation. In a similar spirit, ANT-Hiroshima is involved in a range of relief, reconstruction, and peace-building projects in a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

ANT-Hiroshima’s work is rooted in the twin missions of providing material, as well as emotional, support to the people we serve. We bring a human touch to the provision of emergency relief in areas devastated by natural disaster or human conflict. Operating on a small scale at the local level, we share a spirit of warmth and compassion along with such immediate material needs as food, clothing, water, shelter, and medical supplies and services.

In Japan, too, our work is inspired by the spirit of Hiroshima in our efforts to motivate the next generation of Japanese to view the world with compassionate eyes. Through programs in education, we strive to stimulate the awareness and action of young people towards both the material and emotional needs of their local communities as well as the international community.

Tomoko Watanabe,
Founder and Executive Director,

Green Legacy Hiroshima

Green Legacy