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Japan public broadcasting features IPPNW in Hiroshima documentary

July 22, 2016
Executive director Michael Christ (left) welcomes NHK TV crew to IPPNW central office.

Executive director Michael Christ (left) welcomes NHK film crew to IPPNW central office.

A team from NHK World TV in Tokyo recently visited IPPNW in connection with a one-hour special they are producing to mark the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The program will trace the steps of Hiroshima’s legacy and share the experiences of the Hibakusha—those who survived that infamous day. The show will air on August 6 to audiences in 150 countries.

NHK is the largest broadcasting organization in Asia and has an extensive archival library on the Hibakusha. Most survivors are now more than 80 years old. The producer, Emiko Lenart, is making the documentary because she feels “it is essential to shed light on them and their stories while there is time, given the unresolved and complex nuclear armament issues still affecting the world.”

NHK reporter Emiko Yamasaki Lenart with co-president Ira Helfand.

NHK reporter Emiko Yamasaki Lenart with co-president Ira Helfand.

The film will feature prominent disarmament organizations and activists who have deep roots in Hiroshima. The film crew visited the IPPNW Central Office in Boston, and sat down for an extended interview with Co-President Dr. Ira Helfand in his home in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dr. Robert J. Lifton, who was an important partner in establishing IPPNW in the early 1980s, will also be featured in the film.

We will update this page with a link to the film when it becomes available.

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