Board of Directors
President of the Board of the Tanimoto Peace Foundation
My name is Koko Kondo, daughter of Reverend Kiyoshi Tanimoto. I have spent my life trying to promote Peace around the World through speeches and benevolent actions.
As international tensions are increasing and war is gaining ground around the World, I thought it was time to take additional steps and be part of the Tanimoto Peace foundation to remind the World the atrocities of War as well as what ordinary people could achieve to help us take actions in favor of Peace. And Education is definitely one of the Keys to getting closer to a pacific World.
Vice-President of the Board of the Tanimoto Peace Foundation
My name is Hugues Garcia, I am an entrepreneur who has spent his life trying to get material stability looking forward to the day when I will be free to act more spiritually.
In 2013, when I read “Hiroshima”, John Hersey’s book published in 1946, depicting the lives of 6 characters living in Hiroshima before and after the bombing, I was moved and empowered by the courage these characters showed, especially Revenrend Kiyoshi Tanimoto.
That gave me a wake-up call saying that I had to do something for society and then I decided to join forces with the Tanimoto family to revive Reverend Tanimoto’s foundation and act for Peace through Art, Education and Inner Peace.
What I do :
Japan International Cooperation (JICA) Lecturer
“Introduction of Japan”&”Hiroshima’s Recovery”
Board member of Japan Korea Friendship Association(450 members)
Vice Chairperson of Honkawa Hospitality Group (20 members)
Advisor of Hiroshima Interpreters and Guide Association (240 members)
Advisor of Hiroshima UNESCO Association (100 members)
Akiko Hizaki is a tax accountant and is an auditor at the Tanimoto Peace Foundation. . Akiko is a second generation A-bomb survivor since her mother was in the womb when the bomb was dropped.
Akiko’s mother and herself were born with a part of their body missing but they live a healthy life in Hiroshima.
Akiko would like to convey the importance of peace to future generations. Many people, including part of her family, lost their lives during the war. Akiko does not want it to happen again.
Dr. Ron Klein taught English at Hiroshima Jogakuin University for 25 years. He is on the boards of the World Friendship Center and Hiroshima International School. He gives lectures on “Facets of Hiroshima” to visiting study tour groups. He practices Zen Buddhism and is supporting St. Xavier’s School and Orphanage in northern India.
Nobuko was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan. After graduating from Hiroshima Jogakuin University, she studied at Iliff School of Theology and Claremont School of Theology in America. She was ordained as a United Methodist clergy in 1981. She served as a local church pastor in California, Colorado, and Hawaii and as a District Superintendent in Colorado. A scholarship named after her was established by Claremont School of Theology to honor her outstanding ministry.
Her mother and grandparents were less than a mile from the epicenter when the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. Being a second-generation hibakusha, she tirelessly shared the stories of Hiroshima in America, showing the drawings of survivors.
She won an International Women’s Day Award from Asian-Pacific Americans for Nuclear Awareness for her contributions to the peace movement. She also received a “Trailblazer Award” from the American Association of University Women.
After 40 years living in the US, she is now back in Hiroshima, embarking on a new after-school ministry called “House for All”. Underprivileged children are being nurtured to grow in confidence and self-awareness as global citizens to build a peaceful world.
Thomas Power is an educator and filmmaker from the United States who is currently a professor (特任教授) in the Faculty of Business Administration at Hosei University in Tokyo. He was an associate professor (特任准教授) in the School of Political Science and Economics at Meiji University from 2010 to 2019 and an adjunct associate professor in e-learning and OpenCourseWare research for one year and a videographer and researcher at Keio University’s Research Institute for Digital Media and Content from 2006 to 2009.
His university studies in film and television in Los Angeles and graduate studies in literature and philosophy in Saint Louis have contributed to his life-long interest in the promotion of education and social justice issues through media and technology. He has produced a wide range of educational programs in the United States, Taiwan, and Japan.
Thomas first met Chisa Tanimoto, Koko Tanimoto Kondo and the Tanimoto family in 2002 when he began research on a documentary about Reverend Kiyoshi Tanimoto, Jesuit Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge and John Hersey’s acclaimed book, Hiroshima.
Hirotaka Takaki is a board member of the Tanimoto Peace Foundation. Takaki Sensei is a Judicial Scrivener and supports TPF in all legal aspects and procedures.
Takaki Sensei was born and raised in Hiroshima. Doing so, he had many opportunities to think of peace as a child since education at Primary and Secondary levels are very active vis-à-vis Peace Education.
However, in his adult life, Takaki Sensei did not have much opportunity to think of Peace. That is why he is happy to support the Tanimoto Peace Foundation promote Peace through Art and other activities.
Social welfare corporation official
Healthcare corporation official
Public official (local government)
MA: International Studies
My Name is Ken Tanimoto, son of Kiyoshi Tanimoto. I was born in 1947, so I do not have direct experience of the bomb but I could see as child the energy and commitment of my father in order to help make the World a more peaceful place.
Doing so I decided it was time to act and bring my stone to Peace building, by becoming a member of the Tanimoto Peace foundation.