Course Criteria

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Study Courses should be defined in terms of core courses and fieldwork, as described below:

1.Core course (click here for a sample curriculum) 

  • Deals with the basic facts of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and issues related to nuclear weapons and world peace
  • Logically analyzes and organizes the A-bomb experience in the context of an academic discipline, from the arts and humanities to social and natural sciences.
  • Helps student understand the fundamental message of the A-bomb survivors: “No one else should suffer the way we did.” Considers ways of achieving the total elimination of nuclear weapons and lasting world peace.
  • The course should be offered for at least one academic term each year.


  • Participants visit Hiroshima and/or Nagasaki, listen to A-bomb survivor testimony, attend lectures by experts, and tour war- and peace-related facilities to learn about the contents described in (1), (2) and (3) of the section above.
  • Fieldwork should be part of an official university course that is offered regularly.
    • Example fieldwork activities:
    • ・Attending and listening to A-bomb survivor testimonials
    • ・A tour of peace memorial facilities, such as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
    • ・Visiting various institutes such as the Radiation Effects Research Foundation
    • ・Study the societal effects of the atomic bombing
    • ・Study the medical effects of the atomic bombing
    • ・Discussion on peace related issues