Last week Ray Matsumiya visited the Japan Society of Boston to lead a Brown Bag discussion about how the University of the Middle East Project has been engaging global audiences in dialogue about Mid-East Peace. It was especially interesting to hear about the little-discussed impact that Japan has in contributing to peace in the Middle East.
Ray spoke about how UME brought teachers from the United States over to Japan, where they learned from one of the last living Hibakusha (Atomic Bomb Survivors) who speaks fluent English. They met with mayors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and with high school students to discuss how Japan's experience recovering from nuclear attacks can help people work for peace in the Middle East. We learned that in Middle Eastern countries, Japan has a reputation for being a first-rate example of pursuing peace after conflict.
You can learn more about the University of the Middle East Project at http://www.ume.org
Each month on the 2nd Tuesday, our Brown Bag series invites you to have lunch and talk about Japan.