Hibakusha Groups Urge Japan to Ratify Nuke Ban Treaty

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Hiroshima, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--Representatives from seven groups of hibakusha atomic bomb survivors, meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday, requested that the country sign and ratify a nuclear weapons ban treaty that was adopted at the United Nations in July 2017.

"Atomic bombs were created by the evil ideas of human beings," Sunao Tsuboi, the 93-year-old head of one of the groups of those who survived the U.S. atomic bombing of the western Japan city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, in the closing days of World War II.

"We have to work on eliminating nuclear weapons," Tsuboi said at the meeting, held at a Hiroshima hotel.

In response, Abe said, "We're taking a different approach, but our country shares the treaty's target of abolishing nuclear weapons."

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been signed by a number countries, but Japan, the world's only nation attacked with nuclear weapons, has not.

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