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Mayors for Peace August 2001

On August 2, 2001, the 5th World Conference of Mayors for Peace opened first in Hiroshima. Events were also held in Nagasaki. Approximately 220 people participated from 63 cities and two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 28 foreign countries and from 44 municipalities in Japan. Nine countries participated for the first time, including Pakistan, which conducted a nuclear testing in 1998. Discussions included what cities and citizens should do to eliminate nuclear weapons. The issue of violence among children was discussed for the first time at the conference. Participants resolved to make the 21st century the ‘century of humanity,’ a century in which “peace is realized not through violence but through reconciliation, cooperation, reason and conscience.” Mayor Akiba Tadatoshi of Hiroshima City, the chairman of the conference, gave a speech in English at the opening ceremony saying, “The 20th century was an era of war. We hope to make the 21st century a century of peace and humanity. We must not forget that cities are expected to play an important role towards that goal.” Morishima Michio …

Hiroshima on August 6, 2001

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan visited the annual Hiroshima Memorial Service for the Dead and the Peace Memorial Ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park in 2001. There was a moment of silence and a release of doves. Hiroshima’s Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba gave a “Peace Declaration,” and children gave a “Commitment to Peace.” Prime Minister Koizumi stated, “Being the only country ever to have experienced nuclear devastation, Japan observes its Peace Constitution, firmly maintaining the Three Non-Nuclear Principles. Japan is also continuing to appeal to the international community for the abolition of nuclear weapons and realization of a permanent peace so that the horrors of nuclear weapons never be repeated.” 2001 Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba’s Peace Declaration 2001 BBC News photos of Hiroshima August 6, 2001 Hiroshima Memorial Service Washington Post Japan marks 56th anniversary of Hiroshima USA Today Education Hiroshima and Peace program for undergraduate and graduate students General Children’s Peace Monument Tower of a Thousand Cranes Hiroshima Peace Site   Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Website Hiroshima Peace Media Center Media Message from Hiroshima Official Trailer …

Nagasaki on August 9, 2001

Mayor Itcho Ito of Nagasaki City read “The Nagasaki Peace Declaration” and warned that “the nuclear threat is now on the verge of expanding into space.” Ms. Sanae Ikeda, an atomic bomb survivor, gave a “Commitment to Peace” and a children’s choir sang “Kora no Mi Tamayo” (“The Spirit of Our Children”). Prime Minister Koizumi stated, “Being the only country ever to have experienced nuclear devastation, Japan observes its Peace Constitution, firmly maintaining the Three Non-Nuclear Principles. Japan is also continuing to appeal to the international community for the abolition of nuclear weapons and realization of a permanent peace so that the horror of nuclear weapons may never again be repeated.” Prime Minister Koizumi noted, “As regards the atomic bomb victims, I will continue to devote myself wholeheartedly to promoting support measures while taking into full consideration the circumstances of the atomic bomb victims who are advancing in years.” After the end of the ceremony, Prime Minister Koizumi went to Megumi no Oka, a nursing home in Nagasaki, and visited some of the patients. Nagasaki …

Pearl Harbor Memorial on December 7, 2001

President George Bush marked the 2001 anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by declaring December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. He flew to Virginia to give a speech aboard the USS Enterprise. He focused mainly on the threat of terrorism, but commented on the current relationship of Japan and the United States saying, “Today our two navies are working side by side in the fight against terror. The bitterness of 60 years ago has passed away. The struggles of our war in the Pacific now belong to history.” transcript of President Bush’s speech from Washington Post USS ARIZONA  MEMORIAL  Oahu, Hawaii The state of Hawaii and local businesses helped 600 New York City police officers, fire and family members of victims of September 11 attend the Pearl Harbor memorial services. The USS Arizona Memorial was closed to the public for ceremonies for Pearl Harbor survivors, their families, and guests. Twenty-one survivors from the USS Arizona attended with other veterans of Pearl Harbor, many wearing garrison caps with their ships’ names. Flowers were …

ISS International Space Station

image credit:  NASA   Facilities around the world support the operation and management of the International Space Station.    The United States., Russia, Canada, Japan, and the participating countries of the European Space Agency launched the International Space Station (ISS) in 1998. It is the largest space station ever constructed. Additions continue to be assembled in orbit. Astronauts from 15 countries have visited the ISS to date. It is a growing international collaboration. For more information about the International Space Station check here. Follow The International Space Station on Facebook. To view the ISS in the night sky check NASA Skywatch Sightings at Spot the Station videos from the ISS and a musical about the ISS can be found at the ISS Video Library Search for the video Story Time from Space Story Time From Space video can also be found on Youtube Story Time from Space a non-profit education foundation NASA Kids’ Club PBS list of Space Books  

Chiaki Mukai, Japan’s First Woman Astronaut

image credit :  NASA Chiaki Mukai was selected as a payload specialist for the International Microgravity Laboratory on board the space shuttle Columbia in July 1994. She became the first woman Japanese astronaut. During her second flight in 1998, she served on board the Discovery with John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth (1962). He said Mukai had “more energy than anyone I know of.” On the seventh day on Discovery, during a conversation with Japan’s Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi and Yutaka Takeyama, the head of the Science and Technology Agency by communication link, Chiaki Mukai read a poem that she had written about being in space: chuugaeri                                                                                                                                             nandomo dekiru                                                                                                                            mujuuryoku weightlessness                                                                                                                                 turn space somersaults                                                                                                                       as many times as I like (translation from JAXA site) The National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) asked the Japanese public to think of two lines with seven syllables to finish her poem making it a tanka with an overall rhythm of 5-7-5-7-7. NASDA also asked the public to come up with a name for her teddy …