Communication across atomic culture

in Los Alamos, Hiroshima, Nagasaki,

 Kyoto and beyond.

dialogue • discovery

Los Alamos, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki are places of conscience forever connected by the world's first atomic bombs used in WWII.


75 years after the war deeply held cultural beliefs preserve prideful and painful histories that remain divisive and relevant today.


Los Alamos-Japan Institute values many voices and illuminates lived experiences that make up our collective atomic legacy.


global citizens

Through art, science, history, and culture the Los Alamos-Japan Institute promotes cultural exchange, community leadership, and interactive programs for teens and adults.

LAJI partners with a global network of educators, scientists, survivors, artists, policymakers, and students to promote relevant dialogue across history and culture.

scientists • survivors

Truman's Legacy

My grandfather took sole responsibility for the atomic bombings of Japan, neither making excuses nor denying the devastation. In 1947, when criticized for placing a wreath at the tomb of six Mexican army cadets who had died fighting against the US 100 years earlier, he said: "They had courage and courage does not belong to any one nation. You honor courage wherever you find it." We rejoice in the lives saved in World War II while acknowledging and honoring the suffering of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

~Clifton Truman Daniel

Grandson, President Harry Truman

Honorary Chairman Truman Library Institute

 Los Alamos-Japan Institute Advisory Board

artists • educators

peace bridge

Dr. Judith Stauber attended the 2017 memorial ceremonies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and delivered proclamations on behalf of Los Alamos County to honor the historic friendship between Los Alamos, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki made possible by the visionary Japan project she established while serving as Los Alamos History Museum Director, 2011-2018.

reflections of Los alamos

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

The name Los Alamos is unknown in Japan, but I have heard it every now and then. As I was raised in Hiroshima, Los Alamos instantly reminded me of the bombing of Hiroshima on August, 6, 1945. I first hesitated to visit but the warm personality of Judith Stauber helped me make the decision to actually visit. I cannot forget the warm welcome by Judith and the people in the Los Alamos community. To my surprise, the beautiful blue sky and clear air made me feel refreshed and even familiar. At the same time, after seeing exhibits and talking with people in Los Alamos—I reaffirmed the tremendous impact from science on humanity and the importance of faithfully facing history.    

~Kenji Shiga, Director

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

September 2017

Los Alamos-Japan Institute Director


Dr. Judith Stauber

Dr. Judith Stauber is founding director of Los Alamos-Japan Institute. She fosters dialogue across culture, history, and memory on a global scale. Stauber’s expertise in intercultural communication has shaped the dozens of cultural heritage tours she has guided to places around the world including Cuba, Israel, and Japan. 

In 2017 Stauber negotiated and delivered proclamations of understanding to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on behalf of Los Alamos County. Judith facilitates cultural and strategic planning with museums, universities, organizations, and community groups—she invites civil dialogue and multiple perspectives to broaden global understanding of our shared atomic legacy.

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