Public Panel Discussion: Nuclear Dangers from Hiroshima to Fukushima

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
12:00 noon - 2:00pm
Multipurpose Room,
Liu Institute for Global Issues

6476 NW Marine Drive, UBC,

Jennifer Allen Simons, Founder and President, The Simons Foundation

"Prospects for Nuclear Disarmament: A Japanese Perspective"
Fumi Yoshida, Visiting Scholar, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

"Prospects for Nuclear Disarmament: A Canadian Perspective"
Paul Meyer, Adjunct Professor of International Studies and Fellow in International Security at the Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University; and Senior Fellow, The Simons Foundation       

"North Korea as a Nuclear Danger"
Brian Job, Professor of Political Science; Associate Director, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

"Nuclear energy in Japan: The public and political debate"
Yves Tiberghien, Associate Professor of Political Science; Director, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia


A light lunch will be provided – for catering purposes, please RSVP to or call 778-782-7779

Sponsored by the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia;
The Simons Foundation; and the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue


This event is part of a larger programme organized for the Vancouver visit of renowned Japanese actor Sayuri Yoshinaga and composer/pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, which also includes:

From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Poetry of Nuclear Survival
Poetry Reading by Sayuri Yoshinaga & Performance by composer/pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto
May 3, 2016
3:00 PM
Chan Telus Studio Theatre
6265 Crescent Road, UBC

Renowned actor Sayuri Yoshinaga and composer/pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto present a reading and musical performance of poems by survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs and the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

This unique event will be followed by a reception at the Liu Institute for Global Issues.

This free event is open to students until April 15 using promo code SAYURI at

Free screening of the film, “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son”
May 4, 2016
Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver

As Nobuko (Sayuri Yoshinaga) attempts to rebuild her life in postwar Nagasaki, she is met by her son Koji (Kazunari Ninomiya) who returns from the dead. As he fades in and out of her daily life they reflect on time spent together before and during the war. Together with the animated figures who occupy the neighbourhood, the ghost of Koji enlivens Nobuko’s days and helps lead her to a state of resolution. The film poignantly depicts life in Nagasaki after the bomb and offers a perspective on prewar, wartime, and postwar Japan, loss, and hope. Directed by Yoji Yamada (Love and Honor) based on the wishes of the late writer Yasushi Inoue (Living with My Father), with music by Ryuichi Sakamoto. 

Free screening open to VIFF Vancity Theatre members ($2 annual membership available on the door). Doors from 6.15pm, screening at 7.30pm. First come-first served.

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