2013 Student Spotlight

Alexander Thompson

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Alexander Thompson, left, gives a presentation at the CIF Conference with fellow students

For Alex, the “ah-ha!” moment in his life was participating in CIF. Naturally, his future plan is to work in the field to enhance the U.S.-Japan relationship, especially these two countries’ cooperation for peace and security in a world free of nuclear weapons.


Kokoro Aso 

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Kokoro Aso, second from the left

One of the most striking things Kokoro found about working in peace education was that many of the people she encountered didn’t know about what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Consequently, she decided to learn as much as she could about the subject so that she could better communicate the importance of peace to the next generation, and to the world.


Yui Tamitani

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Hiroshima Jogakuin Senior High School students present their school’s disarmament education materials to participating schools

  While at the Critical Issues Forum Yui was astonished to find that students from countries other than Japan shared her opinion about nuclear disarmament. She found it comforting to find out that she was not alone in her way of thinking and they were together in the fight for peace. Though she feels as though emotions and the longing for nuclear disarmament should be enough, through CIF she learned that it will take a lot of hard work and compromise to reach their goal.