World free of nuclear weapons urged at Hiroshima ceremony

August 06, 2019

The Yomiuri Shimbun

HIROSHIMA — About 50,000 people attended the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima on Tuesday to honor victims of the atomic bombing in 1945.

„As the era has shifted from Showa to Heisei to Reiwa, the number of people still alive who suffered in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has dropped below 150,000 for the first time, raising the issue of how to hand down experiences and lessons learned from the attacks to the younger generations.

In his Peace Declaration, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui touched on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons passed at the United Nations in 2017, and went on to urge the government to display leadership toward “a world free from nuclear weapons.”

Those who attended the ceremony held in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park to mark the 74th anniversary of the bombing included hibakusha atomic bomb victims, prefectural representatives of bereaved families and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as the U.S. Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires ad interim Joseph Young and ambassadors and other representatives from the European Union and about 90 countries, including the United States, Britain, France and Russia, four of the five nuclear possessing countries under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.“ (…)