Nichibei Global Talks



Hiroshima and Historical Reconciliation: Special Episode Marking the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II

Part of the Nichibei Global Talks Video Series

Japan Society hosts two separate conversations in this special episode recognizing the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Our first conversation is with the current Mayor of the City of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, to discuss this year’s Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6 and key messages in the Peace Declaration. Our second talk is with Jennifer Lind, Associate Professor, Department of Government, Dartmouth College, to examine the progress that the United States and Japan have made in reconciliation over our wartime past.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony (August 6, 2020) Full Video: English / Japanese
Hiroshima Peace Declaration Full Text: English / Japanese

Jennifer LindJennifer Lind
Associate Professor, Department of Government
Dartmouth College


Jennifer Lind is Associate Professor, Department of Government, Dartmouth College. She is a Faculty Associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, London. Lind is an expert on East Asian international relations and related U.S. foreign policy. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has previously studied at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Kazumi MatsuiKazumi Matsui
Mayor, The City of Hiroshima


Kazumi Matsui is the Mayor of Hiroshima, an office he has held since 2011. He began his career at Japan’s Ministry of Labor in 1976 and has worked in a variety of senior positions, including Director General for the Secretariat of Central Labour Relations Commission and Director of the General Coordination Division for the Minister’s Secretariat. Matsui graduated from the Faculty of Law at Kyoto University.


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