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Hiroshima, Nagasaki mayors invited to Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

Hiroshima/Nagasaki, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press) — Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue have been invited to attend the award ceremony for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, it was learned Wednesday.

The Hiroshima city government is planning to accept the invitation, while the Nagasaki city government is making necessary arrangements, informed sources said. The two Japanese cities were devastated by the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings in the closing days of World War II.

In an email received Friday by the secretariat of the Mayors for Peace, for which Matsui serves as president, the Norwegian Nobel Committee asked the mayor to attend the ceremony, slated to take place in Oslo on Dec. 10.

The Mayors for Peace, an international group of cities working for the abolition of nuclear weapons, participates in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, the coalition of antinuclear advocacy groups that was named the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Taue also received an invitation by email on Friday.

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