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Gist of Hiroshima Peace Declaration on 74th A-bomb anniversary

  • August 6, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 8:58 a.m.
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HIROSHIMA — The following is the gist of the Peace Declaration read Tuesday by Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui at a ceremony to mark the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city.

 

— The world is seeing nationalism in ascendance, tensions heightened by international exclusivity and rivalry, with nuclear disarmament at a standstill.

 

— Power of individuals is weak but there have been many examples of combined strength achieving their goals such as the independence of India, contributed to by Mahatma Gandhi.

 

— Coming generations must never dismiss the atomic bombings and the war as mere events of the past.

 

— The world’s leaders should respond to calls by civil society for entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

— As the only country to experience a nuclear weapon in war, Japan should accede to the hibakusha’s request to sign and ratify the treaty.

 

— Japanese leaders should manifest the pacifism of the Constitution by displaying leadership toward a world free from nuclear weapons.

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