On 74th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing, mayor implores Prime Minister Abe to sign U.N. nuclear weapons ban
Seventy-four years since the first atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the mayor of the iconic city has implored Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to sign a U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons.
Mayor Kazumi Matsui made the request at the Peace Memorial Park ceremony earlier today, asking Abe to sign the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which has been endorsed by 120 nations, but not the United States.
The TPNW has not been signed by nuclear-armed nations, who use the weapons as a deterrent for major-scale destruction.
“I call on the government of the only country to experience a nuclear weapon in war to accede to the hibakusha’s (atomic bomb victims) request that the TPNW be signed and ratified,” Matsui said. “I urge Japan’s leaders to manifest the pacifism of the Japanese constitution by displaying leadership in taking the next step towards a world free from nuclear weapons.”
According to Yahoo! News, Japan is the first, last and only nation to have ever experienced atomic weaponry firsthand.
From shortly after the end of World War II until 1972, the United States military had nuclear weapons in Japan, ranging from missiles to bombs and artillery shells.
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