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Hiroshima Declaration to call for consensus on nuke abolition


Hiroshima/Nagasaki, July 30 (Jiji Press)–This year’s Hiroshima Peace Declaration will call for a civic consensus on the abolition of nuclear weapons, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said Friday.


The declaration will be read out by the mayor at an annual memorial ceremony Aug. 6, the 76th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the western Japan city.


According to an outline of the declaration released Friday, the declaration will also demand that the government ratify the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which took effect in January.


The declaration will say that people exposed to so-called radioactive black rain soon after the atomic bombing should get relief at an early date, given a finalized court ruling that recognized as hibakusha atomic bomb survivors all plaintiffs in a lawsuit on black-rain health damage.


Separately, Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue said Friday this year’s Nagasaki Peace Declaration will express a sense of alarm over military expansion by nuclear-armed nations.


Taue will read out the declaration Aug. 9, the 76th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the southwestern city in the closing days of World War II.



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