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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Webster Hosts Historic Webcast Meeting Between the Harry S. Truman Library and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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Webster University and The Holden Public Policy Forum

invite citizens worldwide to participate in:

“Mr. Truman Meets Hiroshima on

the Future of Nuclear Weapons, 1945-2020”

A Live Global Webcast & Open Forum Originating from

The Harry S. Truman Library & Museum (Independence, MO, USA) and

The Hiroshima Peace
Memorial Museum

Monday, March 1, 2010 7-9 PM (Missouri)

Monday, March 1, 2010 5-7 PM (Pacific)

Monday, March 1, 2010 8-10 PM (Eastern)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 10-12 am (Japan)

“Mr. Truman Meets Hiroshima on the Future of Nuclear Weapons, 1945 – 2020” is a global
videoconference / webcast on March 1, 2010 7-9 PM (CST) [UTC / GMT: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 01:00 – 03:00], originating from the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum (Independence, Missouri, USA) and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Japan). This historic webcast, presented by Webster University and the Holden Public Policy Forum, will be the first meeting between the museum representing the first head of state to use atomic bombs and the people in the city where the first atomic bomb was used. The live webcast and open channels for audience participation via Chat, Facebook and Twitter can be accessed at this link
or at other “watch party” locations. The speakers and participants in this meeting discuss the basis for working toward a common vision about the future of nuclear weapons. For the world-wide citizen audience, this event is an awareness raising forum and opportunity to participate in working toward a secure, peaceful and sustainable future for humanity and the planet.

Join the live webcast and forum
via (1) the web, (2) at “Watch Parties” or (3) at the Meeting
Origination Points:

(1) Online at:

(2) In-person at “Watch Parties”:

· Emerson Library (Room 110), Webster University, 101 Edgar Road, St. Louis, MO 63119, USA

· JCI World Headquarters, 15645 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield,
MO 63017,


(3) In-person at the Meeting Origination Points:

· Auditorium,
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, 500
W. US Hwy.
24., Independence MO 64050, USA

· The Hiroshima Peace
Memorial Museum,
1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka-ku Naka-ku Hiroshima,
730-0811, Japan


March 1, 2010 7–9 PM (CST) (Missouri, USA)

March 2, 2010 01:00 – 03:00 (UTC / GMT)

March 2, 2010 10AM - 12PM (Japan )

Introductory Video: The Future of Nuclear Weapons: Voices & Images
Webster University student video project

Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble (President, Webster University)

Meeting Moderator
Governor Bob Holden (Holden Public Policy Forum)

The Harry S. Truman Library & Museum and the Future of Nuclear Weapons
Dr. Michael Devine (Director, Harry S. Truman Library & Museum)

Historical Context: Truman, Hiroshima & Nuclear Weapons
Dr. John D. Chappell (Associate Professor of History, Webster University, and Author of Before the Bomb: How America Approached the End of the Pacific War (1997))

Hiroshima’s Take on the Future of Nuclear Weapons
Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba (Mayor of Hiroshima; and President, Mayors for Peace, NGO)
Steven Leeper (Chairman, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation)
Testimonials from "Hibakusha" (A-bomb witnesses)

Questions & Discussion
Online questions & comments moderated by Satoko Norimatsu
(Director, Peace Philosophy Centre, Vancouver, B.C.) and Dr. John Chappell

Conclusions and Next Steps

Media Contact:
Barb Ehnes, Media Relations
(314) 968-7174 – work
(314) 565-5744 – cell

Dr. Roy Tamashiro (Project Director)
Webster University


  1. David Laskey9:50 am

    I take exception to the statements, made in the Frank Kelly interview "Mr.
    Truman meets Hiroshima" event, held at the
    at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence, MO. by Christine Boesch
    of Santa Barbara California and shown
    on Youtube.

    Mr. Kelly totally ignores the racial overtones during that period of time,
    and tries to pose Truman
    as a compassionate person against war. He seems to forget that Truman's
    were far from trying to avoid war, that he ignored his own intelligence
    reports, was well
    aware of, and refused to consider any of the attemps by the Japanese
    Government, to
    end the war months before August 6, 1945.

    It is well recorded that he wanted "Unconditional Surrender" and said: 'The
    only language
    [the Japanese] seem to understand is the one we have been using to bombard
    them. When
    you have to deal with a beast you have to treat him as a beast. It is most
    regrettable but nevertheless
    true." Quoted from US President Harry S Truman, 11 August 1945, letter he
    wrote to justify his decision
    to drop the atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Also please see Mick Humes: Hiroshima "The White Mans' Bomb" at

  2. Japan is responsible for most of the civilian
    deaths in 1945, not just Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but those of Saipan, Okinawa,
    and the air-raided cities across Japan, by refusing to surrender in the
    war that had been already lost for fear of losing the emperor system.

    The US ending the war and saving lives by the a-bomb
    is a total myth and fallacy. Especially the latter. Any ending of war
    "saves" lives that would have been lost if the war didn't end at that time.
    Imaging how many Vietnamese lives US "saved" by withdrawing from the war.
    Imagine how many lives Emperor Hirohito saved by declaring surrender.
    Imagine how many lives Hitler saved by losing in that war. Calling a-bombs as life-savers is in the same lines with these arguments.

    On the August 9 war cabinet meeting with the emperor that went on for
    over three hours, only a few minutes were spent talking about the
    casualties of a-bombing and air raids. The rest were spent talking
    about the preservation of the emperor system and the security within the
    country, namely how to prevent the communist movements from outside and
    inside Japan. The Japanese leaders did NOT care about the hundreds of
    thousands of civilian deaths, whether they were caused by air raids or