Hiroshima to Ask Govt to Listen to Hibakusha


Hiroshima, Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)--This year's Hiroshima peace declaration will urge the Japanese government to accede to the request from hibakusha atomic bomb survivors to sign and ratify the 2017 U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said Thursday.

The declaration will then call on the central government to display leadership in going a step further toward a world without nuclear weapons, according to an outline of the declaration announced by Matsui.

It will include a traditional Japanese "tanka" poetry written by a hibakusha about what she saw at the age of 5 at the time of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the western Japan city of Hiroshima.

The tanka, which straightforwardly depicts a mother holding her bleeding child right after the bombing, brings back the picture of how so many people unrelated to the war fell victim under the mushroom cloud, Matsui said.

The mayor is set to read out the declaration at an annual peace memorial ceremony on Tuesday, the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

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