Hiroshima Students Submit Petition for Nuke-Free World to U.N.


New York, April 30 (Jiji Press)--Eight high school students from Hiroshima Prefecture on Tuesday met with a senior U.N. official to hand her a petition for a nuclear-free world with 120,009 signatures.

The students met with Izumi Nakamitsu, the U.N. undersecretary-general and high representative for disarmament affairs, at the U.N. Headquarters in New York.

Nakamitsu expressed hopes that the efforts of hibakusha atomic bomb sufferers to pursue the elimination of nuclear weapons will be passed on to future generations.

The signatures, including those sent from junior and senior high schools across Japan, were collected over a year from April last year.

The meeting was also attended by Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue.

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