Dr. Nobuo Nakano's War Experience at Imphal and
His Devotion to Peace after the War
The 10th International Conference of Museums for Peace
Title: Dr. Nobuo Nakano's War Experience at Imphal and His Devotion to Peace after the War
Author: Ikuro Anzai, Kyoto Museum for World Peace; Keiko Nakano, Kyoto citizen.
Abstract: Doctor Nakano Nobuo (1910-2010) was born into a medical family in Kyoto and grew up to be a young man with a third degree in judo. He later became aware of the socialization of medicine at a medical school in Osaka and was detained by the police on the grounds that his social activities, including the publication of "Medicine and Society", violated so-called “Peace Preservation Law.” After the war, he worked on the socialization of medicine and became the first president of the Japan Federation of Insurance Physicians' Associations, and was actively involved in citizens' movements for peace, leading the Kyoto War Exhibition Movement for Peace in the 1980s. Dr. Nakano's own paintings depicting his inhuman experience in Operation Imphal, which were displayed at the Kyoto Museum for World Peace, are introduced in this report. In 2014, he was featured alongside Dr. Carnegie and others as one of the 50 most influential philanthropists in the world at the exhibition "Philanthropists of the World" held in The Hague, Netherlands. Dr. Nakano passed away in 2010 at the age of 100, but his passionate desire for peace has been carried on to the present day by the citizens of the "Kyoto War Exhibition for Peace" at the Nakano Memorial Hall in the Kyoto Museum for World Peace at Ritsumeikan University