Akito Ariyoshi / School of Medicine, Nagasaki UniversityAKITO ARIYOSHI
My name is Akito Ariyoshi.I am a student at the School of Medicine, Nagasaki University. Now I am in my second year in my school.
I am a hard working person and I try to treasure every encounter as it may not come again. My motto is “once in the life time chance”.
The purpose of becoming a member of the NYD is that I would like to contribute to making this world a better place for our generation and for the next generations.
I have received some peace education since I was 7 years old in Nagasaki.
I heard many experiences of elderly people who lived through war and I heard many stories of the victims of the A-bomb. Their stories made me really sad and at the same time my desire for peace grew stronger.
Now that our generation will be the last to hear real voices of the victims of war and the Abomb. it is really important for us to pass on the voices of the victims to the next generations. I look forward to working together with the other members of NYD to become peers and wish to come out with ideas of how we can participate in peace activities.
Honoka Ozono / Faculty of Regional Design and Development, University of NagasakiHONOKA OZONO
Hello, everyone. My name is Honoka Ozono. I am a university student at University of Nagasaki. I want to tell people who live outside Nagasaki the Prefecture about the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the horror of nuclear weapons, and importance of peace. I was born and grew up in Nagasaki, I received peace education at elementary and high schools. Therefore I felt it was natural to have knowledge about nuclear weapons and importance of peace. But, when I exchanged opinions with high school students from other regions, I found a big difference between those who have learned about peace in Nagasaki and those who lived and studied in other prefectures. This made me feel that I want to tell people who live outside the prefecture about the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the horror of nuclear weapons, and importance of peace. Now, as atomic bomb survivors fading away, we have to tell about the horror of nuclear weapons and importance of peace for them. Through the activities of Nagasaki Youth Delegation, I want to contribute to the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Yui Kawajiri / Graduate School of Education, Nagasaki UniversityYUI KAWAJIRI
Hello, everyone. I’m Yui Kawajiri. I’m studying about education in graduate school of Nagasaki university. Originally from Nagasaki prefecture, I have been studying peace about Nagasaki since I was a child. When I was an undergraduate, I belonged to a peace organization, and created a collection of testimonies by interviewing with A-bomb survivors, and discussed “What is peace for you?” with high school students who visited Nagasaki on a school trip.
I would like to understand the “horror of nuclear weapons”, learn more about the ideal way of peace education which make everyone to think “peace” as their own problem, and convey the feelings of the A-bomb survivors for peace. These are the reasons I decided to become a member of the Nagasaki Youth Delegation. Because we live in an era with uncertain future, I believe that expanding efforts toward the abolition of nuclear weapons and sharing opportunities to think about peace with many people is an important step in building a peaceful society.
As a member of the 9th batch of the Nagasaki Youth Delegation, I would like to think and act on what I can do and contribute to making peace for many people. I am enthusiastic about the realization of a society without nuclear weapons. Thank you for your cooperation.
Nao Suzuki / Faculty of Business Administration, University of NagasakiNAO SUZUKI
I’m SUZUKI, Nao, a junior student at the University of Nagasaki, and I’m measuring international business administration. I was born in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture and lived there for 18 years, but now I live in Sasebo, Nagasaki prefecture. I’d grown up along with radioactive materials around me since 11th of March 2011 so that nuclear issues are familiar to me. Related to the nuclear issues, I’m really interested in learning about disarmament of nuclear weapons. When I learned about nuclear, I found Nagasaki Youth Delegation. Then I was interested in the activities of nuclear disarmament, and also I wanted to contribute to the people of Nagasaki and Fukushima through my activities. My goal is to disseminate my opinion that we definitely don’t need nuclear weapons any more, and have to illustrate about the way we use nuclear powers during my term as a member of the NYD. To achieve that goal, I will tirelessly learn about peace with my members and share what I learned from a student point of view via online. Finally, I’m grateful for warm support from my beloved teachers, families, and friends. May all the best be with them. Thank you.
Kaede Nakamura / School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagasaki UniversityKAEDE NAKAMURA
Hello, everyone. I am Kaede Nakamura and I belong to the School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences at Nagasaki University. I belonged to the Nagasaki Youth Delegation 8th and now I participate in the Nagasaki Youth Delegation 9th. I am from Okayama prefecture, which is close to Hiroshima prefecture. As you know, Hiroshima is another atomic-bombed land; therefore, I had an opportunity to learn tragedies caused by atomic bombs when I was a little girl. However, I could not act anything although I hope for the world free from nuclear weapons before joining the NYD. Having held the wish to make actions to create world free from nuclear weapons, I worked as a member of the Nagasaki Youth Delegation 8th, and I learned a large number of things, and also presented our opinions and minds with online. In addition, I was inspired by a variety of people who act for nuclear abolition in the fields of politics, media, and education . Through such wonderful experiences, as a member of the Nagasaki Youth Delegation 9th , I set my goal to create “an entrance” which people who are not interested in nuclear issues would start to consider them.
Citizens as well as government officials have responsibility for deciding world’s direction that makes good progress toward nuclear abolition or not from now on. Occasionally, peoples’ “wish” and “action” have an enormous power to change our society, and I think that the decision of entry into force of Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons proves this fact. Moreover, I suppose that the number of people who reconsider the meaning of true peace and national security is increasing due to corona virus pandemic. Taking opportunities of these situations, I will fulfill the responsibility the Nagasaki Youth Delegation 9th with other members as well as expanded supports of many people. Thank you.
Yuka Fujita / School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagasaki UniversityYUKA FUJITA
Hello everyone! My name is Yuka Fujita, and I am a sophomore at the SGHSS of Nagasaki University. I was born in Arita, Saga Prefecture, and came to live in Nagasaki when I entered my university.
When I was a second-year student in high school, I had an opportunity to join the 20th Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Messengers. I visited many places and talked with many people as a member of Peace Messengers, and what I learned was how ignorant I was. Even now, after graduating from the Peace Messengers program and becoming a university student, I still feel that I have a mission to never stop trying to learn and to appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons as a young person who is responsible for the future. This is why I applied for the Nagasaki Youth Delegation. As a member of this delegation, I will learn from a more specialized perspective about nuclear disarmament than when I was a peace messenger, and I will actively seek the possibility of nuclear abolition.
In the year and a half since I started living in Nagasaki, I have felt firsthand that the whole of Nagasaki coexists with prayers for peace, and my desire for peace and my strong will to abolish nuclear weapons are being rebuilt every day. We, Nagasaki Youth Delegation will take the thoughts of the people of Nagasaki to the whole world, and appeal for a world without nuclear weapons! I will do my utmost to fulfill my term. Thank you.
Hikaru Miyamoto / Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies Faculty of Foreign LanguagesHIKARU MIYAMOTO
Hello, everyone. My name is Hikaru MIYAMOTO. I am a university student at Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies and belong to the Nagasaki Youth Delegation. Through my peace education, I learned about the misery of war and the efforts of our predecessors for reconstruction. Then, I received a message from the people who experienced the war saying “We want young people to create a peaceful world.” Even though we have heard stories from the people in Nagasaki and Hiroshima who lost their loved one in a war and atomic bombing, wars and the nuclear weapons issue are still there today. In order not to repeat such a sad experience again, as a youth who belong to the last generation who may listen directly to the voices of atomic bomb survivors, I would like to take over the role to convey their messages for peace for the future. I have been passive about peace education until now, but I was able to study about peace and atomic bomb, thanks to the storyteller and people who offered information to me. Now, it is time for us to face this issue as our problem and convey our message for peace for the future. I always ask myself “What can I do?” and contribute to peace.
Ayane Murakami / School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagasaki UniversityAYANE MURAKAMI
Hello. I’m Ayane Murakami. I was born in Nagasaki, and I’ve been involved in peace activities since I was in high school. I was very interested in the activity of youth delegation; therefore, I am so glad to be a member of the Youth Delegation.
I often hear the term “Go-getter“ when I am involved in peace activities. Having an interest in social issues is often perceived as a great thing. However, it is not that “go-getter” people are great, but it is common sense to have questions and opinions about social issues and act accordingly. Now, wearing a mask becomes common sense as a COVID-19 prevention measure. I think the people are acting out of a sense of urgency that their lives are threatened by the coronavirus. Nuclear weapons are also a threat to our daily lives, and we need to be aware that if we ignore them, we could become hibakusha at any moment. I would like to be a person who can make an opportunity to let other people, particularly those who are at my age, to be interested in nuclear weapons issues and other various social problems in the same way that we wear a mask today. Although I am still inexperienced, I would like to do my best as a member of the Youth Delegation, always face the issues of what is lacking and what is needed for our future.
Miyu Yamaguchi / School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagasaki UniversityMIYU YAMAGUCHI
Hello! My name is Miyu Yamaguchi. I am a student at Nagasaki University, SGHSS and from Nagasaki. What does “peace” mean? Inspired by the class on nuclear weapons which I took in the first grade, I became a member of Peace Caravan, which is a student circle conducting peace education. Through the activity, I delivered peace lectures for elementary school students and junior high school students many times, but I have not found the answer for what “peace” means. However, the one thing that I can say for sure is nuclear weapons do not have the power of making peace because nuclear weapons destroy our daily lives and treasures in a moment. I spend my daily life “peacefully” with my lovely surroundings. On the other hand, I also live with nuclear weapons. In this year, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will become effective in January. More than 75 years have passed since the day of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was bombed. It takes a lot of time and power to abolish the nuclear weapons, but our lives will be taken away in a moment if the nuclear weapons will be used. I think I have a right to live peacefully and a duty for making peaceful world. I also think we must abolish nuclear weapons to make such a peaceful world. I want a lot of people to think about nuclear weapons so I will try hard through this activity.