A-Bomb Victim Calls for Nuclear Arms Elimination

Society

Nagasaki, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)--Yoshiro Yamawaki, an 85-year-old victim of the 1945 atomic bombing of the city of Nagasaki, southwestern Japan, appealed on Friday to the international community for help to eliminate nuclear weapons.

"Please lend us your strength to eliminate nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth and make sure that Nagasaki is the last place on Earth to suffer an atomic bombing," Yamawaki said in English at an annual peace memorial ceremony in Nagasaki before an audience including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and representatives of other countries.

Reading out a pledge for peace as a representative of hibakusha atomic bomb survivors, Yamawaki made the appeal with the sentence he always uses when he shares his experience with foreigners in English, a language he learned by himself.

Yamawaki also urged Abe as leader of the only A-bombed nation in the world to encourage the nuclear powers to abolish nuclear weapons.

When Nagasaki suffered a U.S. nuclear attack on this day 74 years ago, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, western Japan, Yamawaki, 11 at that time, was at his home about 2 kilometers from ground zero and was exposed to radiation.

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