Communication across atomic culture

in Los Alamos, Hiroshima, Nagasaki,

 Kyoto and beyond.

Los Alamos, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki—places of conscience forever connected by atomic bombs developed in the US and dropped on Japan.


Nearly 75 years since the end of WWII—deep cultural beliefs preserve a wide range of prideful and painful personal histories still relevant today.


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


dialogue • discovery

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 72nd memorial ceremonies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 2017. Stauber delivered proclamations on behalf of Los Alamos County to honor the historic friendship between Los Alamos, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki with the visionary Japan project she established while Museum Director at Los Alamos History Museum, 2011-2018. Stauber continues to builds cultural bridges as director of the Los Alamos-Japan Institute.

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Reflections from Hiroshima

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



Clifton Truman Daniel

Truman Library Institute

Masahiro Sasaki

Sadako Legacy Project


Betsie Miller-Kusz

Peace's New Century Project

David Janes

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Tomoko Nakashima

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Yukiko Nakamura

No More Hiroshima, No More Nagasaki

Masaru Tanaka 

Peace's New Century Project

Yoshiko Tanigawa 

Kyoto Museum for World Peace



Dr. Judith Stauber facilitates community engagement and organizational advancement with museums, universities, arts and culture programs, groups, and corporations. Stauber holds a PhD in Intercultural Communication and welcomes you to join the LAJI global community conversation.

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