What is HPC?

Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center (HPC)

The Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center (HPC) is a legally independent non-profit body created to conduct human resource development and research activities in the field of peacebuilding. HPC is commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to implement the Program for Global Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding and Development.
When the “Program for Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding” initially started in 2007, Hideaki Shinoda, current director of HPC, as a secretary general, together with Hiroshima University which became the prime contractor to MOFA, established HPC. Later on, for smooth functioning of the office, a non-profit organization, Peacebuilders, which took part in supporting Hiroshima University for the first 2 years became the prime contractor to operationalize HPC. Furthermore, in order to clarify the status of the implementers, HPC became independent as a general incorporated organization. HPC has implemented the “Program for Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding” for total 8 years since 2007.

About HPC Logo

The HPC logo symbolizes the Phoenix of Hiroshima, which underwent a miraculous post-war reconstruction after WWII. This presents the spirit of HPC to train professional peacebuilders to assist war-torn societies in the world today.