HPI Research Forum


Title: “Citizen’s Interchange of Northeast Asia and Peace: From the Experience of ‘Tomodachi-Exhibition (Exhibition of children’s paintings) of North & South Korea and Japan'”
Speaker: Koichi Ishizaka, Associate Professor, College of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University
Speaker: Yukiko Tsutsui, Secretary General, Relief Campaign Committee for Children (RCCJ), Japan
Speaker: Aki Miyanishi, Manager for PR/Fundraising Division, Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC)
Date: May 26, 2018
Title: “Solid cancer mortality among workers in the International Nuclear Workers Study (INWORKS)”
Speaker: David Richardson, Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Date: November 30, 2017
Title: “Fostering Young People as Peacebuilders: Learning from Rwanda’s Experience”
Speaker: Dr. Kazuyuki Sasaki, Head of Department, Department of Peace and Confrict Studies, Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences, PIASS
Date: November 22, 2017
Title: “Thailand’s Post-2014 Coup Foreign Relations:Riding on the New International Trend”
Speaker: Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Associate Professor of Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University
Date: November 20, 2017
Title: Living with the Everyday Legacies of Violence: History, Memory, and Trauma in the Contemporary South
Speaker: Nan Elizabeth Woodruff, Professor of Modern U.S. History and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University
Date: May 30, 2017
Title: Comparing the Role of the Military in the Politics of Southeast Asia
Speaker: Robert H. Taylor, Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University/Visiting Senior Research Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore
Date: April 24, 2017
Title: The Future of the Japan-Korea Relation and Northeast Asian Peace
Speaker: Shin Yongwoon, Director General of Unification Policy Advisory Bureau, the National Unification Advisory Council
Date: March 3, 2017
Title: Preventive Diplomacy in the Asia Pacific and the Role of Civil Maritime Security
Speaker: James D. Llewelyn, Supervisor, Maritime Border Command, Australian Border Force, Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), Australia
Date: February 22, 2017
Title: Implications of a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty for Japan: the Difficult Decision Japan Faces If the Treaty Negotiations Commence
Speaker: Nobuo Hayashi, Senior Legal Advisor, the International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI)
Speaker: Hirofumi Tosaki, Senior Research Fellow, the Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (CPDNP)
Date: November 16, 2016
Title: The Manchurian Incident and Isseki-kai: War Strategy of Japanese Army
Speaker: Minoru Kawada, Professor at Nihon Fukushi University
Date: October 6, 2016
Title: Agent Orange, military contamination and Okinawa
Speaker: Jon Mitchell, visiting researcher at the International Peace Research Institute of Meiji Gakuin University
Date: July 14, 2016
Title: The Future of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asian Peace
Speaker: Shin Yongwoon, Director General of Unification Policy Advisory Bureau, the National Unification Advisory Council
Date: December 11, 2015
Title: “A Thousand Hills” Rwanda: Challenges to Building Symbiotic Societies after Genocide
Lecture 1: Lights and Shadows of Rwanda: National Unity and Reconciliation after Genocide
Speaker: Kazuyuki Sasaki (Head of Department, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS))
Lecture 2: Ethnicity in Rwanda: Understanding the Historical Background of Genocide&quoquot;
Speaker: Aya Tsuruta (Lecturer, School of International Liberal Studies, Chukyo University)
Date: November 17, 2015
Title: A Focus of Austria’s Peace Policy: Disarmament-From the Vienna Conference and beyond the NPT Review Conference
Speaker: Bernhard Zimburg (Austrian Ambassador to Japan)
Date: June 1, 2015
Title: The Uranium Highway from Great Bear Lake, Canada to Hiroshima
Speaker: Peter C. van Wyck (Professor, Concordia University)
Julie Salverson (Associate Professor, Queen’s University)
Date: April 7, 2015
Title: A Prospect on Future Relationship between Japan and North Korea: Seeking Ways to Solve the Abduction Issue
Speaker: Um Jong-Sik (Chairman, Institute of Korea Integration Strategy)
Date: January 23, 2015
Title: The Atomic Bombs, Soviet Entry into the War, and Japan’s Decision
Speaker: Tsuyoshi Hasegawa (Professor, Department of History, University of California at Santa Barbara)
Date: December 2, 2014
Title: “Counter-Monuments: Memory Culture in Contemporary Germany”
Speaker: Kathrin Maurer (Associate Professor of German Studies, University of Southern Denmark)
Date: October 30, 2014
Title: “OSCE and Human Security in Europe”
Speaker: Philip McDonagh (Irish Ambassador to the OSCE in Vienna)
Date: June 18, 2014
Lecture 1: Conflict Mitigation and Democratization in the Middle East: Special Focus on Syria’s Crisis and the Progress in Iran’s Nuclear Negotiations by Hisae Nakanishi (Professor of Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University)
Lecture 2:

Rethinking the Syria’s War by Masaki Uno (Professor of International Studies, Hiroshima City University)

Date: January 22, 2014
Title: “North Korean Nuclear Development and the UN Response”
Speaker: Masahiko Asada (Professor of International Law, School of Government, Kyoto University)
Date: December 13, 2013
Title: “The 2013 Outlook for the U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy: No Exit from the Wasteland?”
Speaker: Tanweer Akram (Senior Economist at ING Investment Management, the U.S.)
Date: December 5, 2012
Title: “Reconciliation Diplomacy?: The Visits of Former Japanese Military Officers to China and the Polotics of Memory in the 1950s”
Speaker: Daqing Yang (Associate Professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs, the George Washington University)
Date: June 15, 2012
Title: “‘Hiroshima: After Aftermath’ –An exhibition of work made in Hiroshima by elin o’Hara slavick”
Speaker: elin o’Hara slavick (Distinguished Term Professor at the University of North Carolina)
Date: September 15, 2011
Title: “On the Illegality and Criminality of the Use of Nuclear Weapons:&nnbsp;Efforts to establish a relevant convention and its possible future”
Speaker: Hisakazu Fujita (Emeritus Professor, Kansai University)
Date: July 1, 2010
Title: “Japan’s Peace-building Role in Southeast Asia: UNPKO, human security and peace monitoring”
Speaker: Lam Peng Er (Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore)
Date: March 4, 2010
Title: “The Model Nuclear Weapons Convention: A path towards a nuclear-weapon-free world”
Speaker: Regina Hagen (Former coordinator at INESAP)
Date: February 4, 2010
Title: “Importance of the Special Law System, Applicable Only to the Specific Local Governments, in the Perspective of the Local Autonomy Principle of the Japanese Constitution: Considering the Hiroshima Special Law for the construction of the peaceful city”
Speaker: Hiroshi Otsu (Professor, Seijo University)
Date: September 16, 2009
Title: “Atomicalia: Material culture collecting in the atomic age”
Speaker: Mick Broderick (Associate Professor, Murdoch University)
Date: July 27, 2009
Title: “Is it Possible to Take Legal Action against the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at American Public Institutions? We Need a Convention for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.”
Speaker: Kenichi Okubo (Lawyer)
Date: April 17, 2009
Title: “Opposition to the Wars in Vietnam and Iraq: Differences in movement size, visibility, and impact”
Speaker: Paul Joseph (Professor, Tufts University)
Date: July 16, 2008
Title: “Film as a Tool to Transmit the Story of Survival”
Speaker: Kathleen Sullivan (Disarmament educator and nuclear abolition activist)
Date: May 14, 2008
Title: “Cold War Art and the Bomb in the Exhibition, The Family of Man (1955)”
Speaker: John O’Brian (Professor, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver)
Date: December 6, 2007
Title: “Is Australia Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution to Abolishing Nuclear Weapons?”
Speaker: Tilman A. Ruff (Associate Professor, the University of Melbourne)
Date: September 26, 2007
Title: “When Might Does Not Make Right: The United States must be accountable for international crimes in Iraq”
Speaker: Lennox S. Hinds (Professor, Rutgers University)
Date: July 18, 2007
Title: “The Contemporary Significance of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution: Learning from those nations which do not possess military forces”
Speaker: Akira Maeda (Professor, Tokyo Zokei University)
Date: May 18, 2007
Title: “The Discovery of Global Warming”
Speaker: Spencer Weart (Director of the Center for History of Physics, the American Institute of Physics)
Date: February 19, 2007
Title: “What Do Americans Think About the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Why?”

Robert Jacobs (Assistant Professor, Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University)

Date: September 6, 2006
Title: “How to Memorialize War for Peace: A Vietnam War Veteran’s My Lai Peace Park Project”
Speakers: Mike Boehm (Director of the Madison Quakers Projects in Vietnam)
Hiroshi Fujimoto (Professor, Nanzan University)
Date: July 31, 2006
Title: “The Politics of International Solidarity”
Speaker: Jean-Marc Coicaud (Director, the United Nations University Office in New York)
Date: December 13, 2005
Title: “The History of War and Peace in Europe”
Speaker: Sigrid Pöllinger (Secretary General of the Center for Peace Research, Vienna University)
Date: October 6, 2005
Title: “Thoughts on How to Revitalize Popular Peace Movements: What the citizens of Hiroshima need to do”
Speaker: Makoto Oda (Writer)
Date: June 4, 2005
Title: “North Korea under Kim Jong-il: From consolidation to symtemic dissonance”
Speaker: Sung Chull Kim (Associate Professor, Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University)
Date: April 25, 2005
Title: “Japan and Southeast Asia: Opportunities and constraints”
Speaker: Narayanan Ganesan (Associate Professor, Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University)
Date: December 10, 2004
Title: “”Humane Bombing” and “Precision Bombing” in Iraq: A comparative analysis of aerial bombing by the RAF in the 1920s and by the U.S. Forces in 2003-2004″
Speaker: Toshi Yuki Tanaka (Professor, Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University)
Date: October 29, 2004
Title: “What Does “Peace” Mean in a Post-Civil War Society?: The case of Guatemala”

Midori Iijima (Associate Professor, Rikkyo University)

Daniel Hernández-Salazar (Photographer)

Date: May 6, 2004
Title: “Forgetting a Past: Hiroshima and Canadian memory”
Speaker: John Price (Associate Professor, the University of Victoria)
Date: April 14, 2004
Title: “A View on the North Korean Problems”
Speaker: Jin Xide (Visiting Professor at the Department of Advanced Social and International Studies, the University of Tokyo)
Date: March 19, 2004
Title: “What is North Korea the Axis of?”
Speaker: Gavan McCormack (Visiting Professor at the Social Science Research Institute, International Christian University)
Date: November 14, 2003
Title: “Non-Proliferation, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism: Do regimes matter?”
Speaker: Lawrence Scheinman (Professor, the Monterey Institute of International Studies)
Date: August 22, 2003
Title: “The Bush Doctrine of Preventive War: A case of foreign policy jujitsu”
Speaker: Jacques Hymans (Assistant Professor, Smith College)
Date: May 22, 2003
Title: “Anti-Personnel Land Mines: A model of modern military practice, and a challenge for peace activists “
Speaker: Ian Maddocks (Emeritus Professor, Flinders University of South Australia / Chairman, Board of Directors, International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW))
Date: February 28, 2003
Title: “Resolution and Prevention of Conflicts and the Role of Civil Society”
Speaker: Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI) and HPI
Date: February 24-25, 2003
Title: “Scope and Limits of International Solidarity in the 1990s”
Speaker: Jean-Marc Coicaud (Senior academic programme officer at the United Nations University in Tokyo)
Date: December 16, 2002
Title: “State Terrorism and Human Rights: The United States, Japan and the civilians in Twentieth Century Asian Wars”
Speaker: Mark Selden (Professor, the State University of New York)
Date: November 12, 2002
Title: “Non-Violent Civil Alternatives to War on Terrorism”
Speaker: Regine Mehl (Director of AFB-PRIUB, Peace Research Information Unit Bonn)
Date: July 9, 2002
Title: “Building Peace in East Timor: UN peacekeeping and the role of UN volunteers”
Speaker: Gianni Deligia (UN coordinator for Bobonaro District, East Timor)
Date: June 6, 2002
Title: “The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust in Comparative Perspective: Ideology, war, and revolution and the origins of modern genocide”
Speaker: Robert Melson (Professor in political science and former acting director of the Jewish Studies Program, Purdue University)
Date: May 30, 2002
Title: “The Proliferation Risks from Civilian Nuclear Technology”
Speaker: Ron Smith (Senior Lecturer / Director, Defense and Strategic Studies, the Department of Political Science and Public Policy, the University of Waikato)
Date: January 15, 2002
Title: “The War in Afghanistan and Its Implications in the Islamic World”
Speaker: Daiji Sadamori (Correspondent, the Foreign News Department, The Asahi Shimbun)
Date: December 21, 2001
Title: “Coordinating U.S. and Japanese Responses to Chinese Military Modernization”
Speaker: Benjamin L. Self (Senior Associate, the Henry L. Stimson Center)
Date: October 25, 2001
Title: “Background of Terror in the U.S.: the World of ‘Islamic fundamentalism’ and its infiltration into Eurasia”
Speaker: Akira Matsunaga (Research Fellow, the EastWest Institute / Research Associate, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation)
Date: October 2, 2001
Title: “Chemical Weapons and Japan”
Speaker: Shuji Shimokoji (Deputy Director, the Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, the Japan Institute of International Affairs)
Date: May 7, 2001
Title: “The Current Situation of East Timor and Future Prospects”
Speaker: Takeshi Kamiyama (Head, the Environmental Protection Unit, UNTAET)
Date: December 4, 2000
Title: “Prospects for the NPT Review Conference”
Speaker: Mitsuru Kurosawa (Professor, Osaka University)
Date: March 28, 2000

Titles &


“New Zealand’s Nuclear-Free Policy”

Kate Dews (Co-Chair, the Labour Party Policy Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, New Zealand)

“Non-Nuclear Security Strategies for Japan”
Commander Robert D. Green (Royal Navy veteran / Chair, World Court Project UK)

Summary of the Presentation

Date: March 14, 2000
Title: “Lecture on Nuclear Disarmament”
Speaker: Michael Krepon (President, the Henry L. Stimson Center)
Date: July 28, 1999
Title: “Lecture by EU Ambassador”
Speaker: Ove Juul Joergensen (EU Ambassador)
Date: May 26, 1999
Title: “Lecture to Mark the 2nd Meeting of the Tokyo Forum”

Marcos Castrioto de Azambuja (Ambassador of Brazil to France)

Rolf Ekeus (Ambassador of Sweden to the United States)

Date: December 20, 1998

Titles &


“Positive and Negetive Security Assurances”
Masahiko Asada (Professor, Okayama University)
“The Nuclear Situation in South Asia and the Problem of Japan’s Nuclear Umbrella”

Fumiaki Nishiwaki (Associate professor, the National Defense Academy of Japan)
“Toward Nuclear Disarmament: Current issues”  
Hiromichi Umebayashi (Coordinator, the Pacific Campaign for Disarmament and Security)
Summary of the Presentation

Date: December 4, 1998

Titles &


“Nuclear Abolition”
Tetsuya Umemoto (Professor, the University of Shizuoka)
“The Security of Non-nuclear States”    

Shinichi Ogawa (Chief of the 1st Research Office, the 1st Research Department, the National Institute for Defense Studies, the Japan Defense Agency)
“Nuclear Disarmament and Japan’s National Security”  
Satoshi Morimoto (Chief researcher, Nomura Research Institute)
Summary of the Presentation

Date: July 1, 1998
Title: “CTBT Negotiation and the Treaty’s Problems”
Speaker: Toshitaka Takeuchi (Associate Professor, Osaka University of Foreign Studies)
Date: May 29, 1998