Nepal celebrates the Buddha’s birthday by honouring two Japanese with a peace award
Tadatoshi Akiba (Hiroshima) and Tomihisa Taue (Nakagasaki) were recognised for their action against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the dangers of atomic energy, especially important since the Fukushima tragedy.
Both civic leaders are also members of the ‘Mayors of Peace’ movement, a group that brings together more than 4,000 mayors around the world.
The Nepali government first conceived the prize in 1998 as a way to highlight the Buddha’s message of peace and humanity.
The prize honours every five years Nepali or foreign individuals or organisations that promote peace and human rights around the world.