Date: 02-16 October 1994
Host City: Hiroshima
NOCs Participating: 42
For the first time in the history of the Asian Games, an Asiad was held in non-capital city of the host country under the leadership of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah, the newly elected president of the OCA.
Leveled by Atomic Bomb during the World War II, for the City of Hiroshima Japan, peace and harmony were the theme she carried in hosting the 12th Asian Games. It also marked the second Asiad to be held in Japan since the 3rd Asian Games in Tokyo, 1958. As if to echo its theme, Cambodia, surviving years of civil strife, made her come back to the Asian Games after 20 years' absence.
Among the record 43 countries/NOCs and regions participated, five former Soviet Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan, who were newly included as members of the OCA, were received with warm welcome. Baseballl, karatedo, modern pentathlon and soft tennis were added to make 34 disciplines in total.