Hiroshima Mayor Calls for Nuclear-Free World to N.Y. Students


New York, April 30 (Jiji Press)--Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui highlighted efforts for a world without nuclear weapons, in a speech at United Nations International School in New York on Tuesday.

The mayor spoke in English about Hiroshima's history as a victim of the U.S. atomic bombing in 1945 and the lack of progress in nuclear disarmament.

"As the first step to contribute to peace, in your daily life, please stop and think about how precious peace is to you. And then think about how we can preserve the peaceful lives of ordinary citizens," Matsui said to the approximately 130 high school students who attended the speech.

"We should work together...to spread throughout civil society the belief that nuclear weapons should be eliminated," the mayor said. "(Then) we will be able to democratically elect policymakers who can realize our common wish."

The mayor was in the United States to attend a session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference.

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