Nagasaki to Urge Japan Govt to Sign Nuke Ban Treaty

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Nagasaki, July 29 (Jiji Press)--Tomihisa Taue, the mayor of Nagasaki, one of the two atomic-bombed Japanese cities, is set to urge the Japanese government to sign the 2017 U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The call by Taue is included in an outline of this year's Nagasaki peace declaration, unveiled on Monday. The declaration will be read by the mayor at an annual peace memorial ceremony, to be held in the city on Aug. 9.

According to the outline, Taue will also call on the government to keep intact the principles of peace in the country's constitution while stopping short of mentioning whether the top law should be amended.

This year's declaration, for the first time, will cite a poem written by a female hibakusha atomic bomb survivor to show the horror of the atomic bombings and wishes of hibakusha.

It will also underscore the significance of the power of civil society for realizing a world without nuclear weapons and ask nuclear weapons states to fulfill their nuclear disarmament obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

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