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Hope 80

Yesterday’s Enemy Is Today’s Friend!

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From Hiroshima to the United Nations

The year 2025 marks the 80th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. However, wars are still happening in many different parts of the world. Isn't now the time to take action to unify human beings? Unity that hasn’t occurred since the moon landing that everyone watched together?  


The descendants of the leaders during World War II will gather together and carry in their hands the Flame of Hope. They will tour the world as ambassadors of peace traveling from Hiroshima to Nagasaki to London and then from Washington DC to the United Nations in New York.

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"Yesterday's enemy is today's friend.” 

- ancient Samurai quote

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What Is The Flame of Hope?

The Flame of Hope is a physical flame and a living symbol to transform past suffering into peace among all people. The goal of our work is to promote altruism, healing, and understanding throughout the world. We advocate for unity among people of all religions, nationalities, ideologies, and beliefs. We invite all people to contribute their wishes and dreams to end global war, conflict, and poverty.

More than 400,000 people, including Pope Francis and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, have added their wishes and prayers. The Flame has been unified with 15 of the most historic and sacred flames in the world, including the embers of the atomic bomb, the Holy Flame of Bethlehem, the eternal Peace Flame of Buddha (Lumbini, Nepal), and the eternal flames of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. 

The Journey

The journey will start from Hiroshima, the symbolic city of peace, embedded in the joyful Flower Peace Festival 

Then, the descendants will set off for Nagasaki by bicycle to appeal for peace in stops along the way, enjoying new friendships and activities together.

During their travels in Japan and the U.S. they will meet political and religious leaders, United Nations officials, as well as artists, actors, musicians, and other peace organizations.

American president 
during World War II

(grandson of former US President Harry Truman)

Anti-nuclear peace activist. In 2012, after attending the Peace Memorial Ceremonies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Mr. Truman Daniel said he wishes to spread the thoughts of the hibakusha in Hiroshima. He is a former feature writer and editor of the New York Times Morning Star and Sunday Star News. He currently serves as President Emeritus of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, a non-profit partner. He is the author of Growing Up with My Grandfather Harry S. Truman.

People that have endorsed and added prayers into the Flame of Hope

His Holiness

Dalai Lama

His Holiness

Pope Francis

President Exile Government Tibet

Sikyong Tsering

Mayor of Nagasaki

Taue Tomihisa

Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, USA

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Candidate for U.S. president

Robert F Kennedy Jr.

First generation Nagasaki A-bomb survivor

Terumi Tanaka

Japanese Actress

Sayuri Yoshinaga

Chairman of Rissho Kosei-kai

Keiji Kunitomi

Grandnephew of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose

Sugata Bose


Symbolic action as opening up a new page of history

In the United States, the descendants will begin their journey from Washington DC on August 6, when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. They will arrive at their goal, United Nation Headquarters, on August 9, Nagasaki Day, the date that the last atomic bomb was dropped on human beings.

Their goal will be to inaugurate the Flame of Hope next to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the great-grandfather of one of the participants, Tushar Gandhi.

Descendants whose ancestors were once enemies will travel together and become today's friends, hoping to act as living symbols, like the Flame of Hope, to create a new and brighter page of human history.  

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