Hibakusha Calls for Nuke Weapon Abolition at U.N.

Society

New York, May 1 (Jiji Press)--A hibakusha atomic bomb survivor who became exposed to radiation in Hiroshima while he was in his mother's womb called for the elimination of nuclear weapons at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

"Hibakusha's suffering, anxiety on health and concern about their children and grandchildren will continue to torment them," said Jiro Hamasumi, 73, assistant secretary general of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, known as Nihon Hidankyo.

He made the speech at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were devastated by U.S. atomic bombs in August 1945 in the closing days of World War II.

According to Hamasumi, there are some 7,200 atomic bomb survivors in Japan who were exposed to radiation while in the womb.

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