Hibakusha In The News

April 17, 2015

Hiroshima Peace Ambassador Setsuko Thurlow visited Europe in December 2014 to continue her inspiring activism regarding nuclear weapons. In this short clip, she helps open the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, gives her testimony to students and reacts to the Austrian Pledge to cooperate with all stakeholders to “fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.” Please share this video far and wide! An action page regarding the Austrian Pledge can be found here.

February 2, 2015

Congratulations to Setsuko Thurlow and Nihon Hidankyo, the Japan Confederation of A- and H- Bomb Sufferers Organizations, whose members include Hibakusha Stories Fellows Reiko Yamada and Mitchi Hirata. They have been nominated for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize by the International Peace Bureau of Geneva….



January 12, 2015

In this excellent Public Service Announcement created by the Dutch peace organization PAX, Setsuko Thurlow calls for an international ban of nuclear weapons…

December 16, 2014

Skavlan YouTube Channel. Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow talks about the nuclear bombing and how she managed to survive, her life after the tragedy and her life’s mission…

December 15, 2014

Setsuko Thurlow speaks at the Vienna Business School, Mödling, Austria…  DOWNLOAD PDF >>


December 9, 2014

The Asahi Shimbun. “Hibakusha shares horrific account from Hiroshima at Vienna conference on nuclear weapons” At this Vienna conference Setsuko Thurlow gave a spellbinding account and powerful statement at an international conference on nuclear weapons… READ >>

Setsuko Thurlow at Vienna Conference
November 4, 2014

UNODA Update. “Teaching Hiroshima and Nagasaki” a workshop on nuclear disarmament for New York City high school teachers was held at United Nations Headquarters. READ >>

Hibakusha Stories At The UN
August 14, 2014

Hibakusha Stories Program Director Kathleen Sullivan on Fuji Communications International speaks of American’s responsibility to work for nuclear abolition. WATCH >>

August 4, 2014

“Inhumane, illegal, immoral and cruel: a survivor account of the Hiroshima bombing.” Setsuko Thurlow speaks at the Truman Legacy Symposium, Key West FL, May 16 2014. READ >>

August 4, 2014

AlterNet. “The Battle for a Nuclear Free World is Not Over” by Pierre Bienaimé  READ >>

May 23, 2014

Peace Boat joins Hibakusha Stories at Cardinal Spellman High School.” Bronx, NY READ >>

May 17, 2014

The Spectator. “The Hibakusha: Survivors of the atomic bomb” at Stuyvesant High School, Manhattan READ >>

May 17, 2014

Theater workshop with Reiko Yamada and students from East Side Community High School at Theater for the New City in Shukan New York Seikatsu. PDF DOWNLOAD >>

May 13, 2014

“High school students meet atomic bomb survivors.” Town and Village Blog. READ >>

May 8, 2014

UNODA Update. “Atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha) present their personal stories on humanitarian impact of the use of nuclear weapons.” READ >>

May 6, 2014

Peace Boat volunteer Trixie Cordova. “Hibakusha Testimony and the Humanitarian Effects of Nuclear Weapons.” READ >>

April 30, 2014

Clifton Truman Daniel at the Japan Society covered by Asahi News WATCH >>

March 31, 2014

Hibakusha Stories Fellow Setsuko Thurlow speaks in Ireland where she attended a conference on disarmament organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. READ >>

March 14, 2014

Setsuko Thurlow speaks to the Royal Irish Academy about attending the 2nd International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Nayarit, Mexico in February 2014:

“I had an incredibly empowering experience in Nayarit, Mexico last month (February 2014). I attended the 2nd International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, hosted by the Government of Mexico, attended by 146 states and 120 NGOs and Civil Society organizations. After a broadly-based and comprehensive discussion we heard, one national delegation after another, their impassioned and well-reasoned statements and demands for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. Except for a few allies of the Nuclear Weapons States the majority called for a ban on nuclear weapons. I must say this was a rare conference outside of Japan where I witnessed such growing momentum for nuclear disarmament.

‘The Conference Chair, in his summary report, specifically recognized that an on-going discussion on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons should encourage the establishment of new international norms and standards through a legally binding instrument. He stated that the Nayarit Conference has shown that the time has come to initiate a diplomatic process conducive to this goal. He believed that this process should comprise a specific timeframe, the definition of the most appropriate fora, and a clear and substantive framework, making the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons the essence of disarmament efforts. He concluded by urging us to take action, noting that the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks is the appropriate milestone to achieve our goal. He declared that Nayarit is a point of no return.

“As I was wiping my tears of joy in the din of the thunderous applause, I realized that the world has heard the voices of Hibakusha, the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and is with us in solidarity for our urgent shared task of prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons for the sake of humanity.”

—Setsuko Thurlow
28 March 2014, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin

December 4, 2013

Tulsa World. “Tulsa Students hear atomic-bomb survivor’s account.” READ >>

November, 2012

New York City high school teachers visit the United Nations and learn about nuclear disarmament, UNODA, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs READ >>

October 23, 2012

Learning to fear the bomb: Atomic survivors teach Brooklyn students the horrors of war, Brooklyn Daily by Danielle Furfaro READ >>

October 17, 2012

Truman’s Grandson, Bomb Survivors Spread Message of Peace, Newtown Patch, by Kara Seymour. READ >>

February 6, 2012

United Nations Honors Hibakusha Stories.

December 10, 2011

Meeting of Reconciliation.

March 6, 2011

Sharing Hibakusha Stories Protects Future Generations, Peace Boat Newsletter by Kathleen Sullivan: READ >>

December 12, 2011

Hiroshima survivor’s message to Brooklyn students: strive for a world without war, Daily News by Ajai Raj: READ >>

December 9, 2011

When the sky rained fire and death: Hiroshima survivor shares story with Staten Island scholars, Staten Island Advanced, by Joe Pepenella: READ >>

December 5, 2011

Hibakusha Spoke to JA Students on Monday, Jane Addams High School Library Newsletter, by Tina Chrismore: READ >>

August 6, 2011

Hibakusha Stories Program Director Kathleen Sullivan was interviewed for the Japanese language newspaper SHUKAN NEW YORK SEIKATSU, by Kaoru Komi:

December 15, 2010

A-Bomb Survivors Tell Their Stories in Brooklyn, Village Voice by Tom Robbins: READ >>


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NPT should guarantee access to renewable energy technology not nuclear energy, Hiroshima Peace Media Center, by Setsuko Thurlow: READ >>

April 30, 2011

Unsafe at any dose, New York Times by Helen Caldicott: READ >>

October 17, 2010

Accounts of A-bomb survivors change in aftermath of Fukushima disaster, Hiroshima Peace Media Center by Akira Toshiro (re-issued 2011), Interviews 3 hibakusha about their views on Fukishima & nuclear power (including Toshiko Tanaka): READ >>

August 6, 2010

Achieving nuclear-weapon-free world is possible, Ban tells Hiroshima ceremony, UN News Centre by Ban Ki Moon: READ >>