Wishes for nuclear-free world filmed in Hiroshima for TV commercial

by Junichiro Hayashi, Staff Writer

On July 23, scenes for a TV commercial that will be broadcast in Australia on August 6 by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) which has its headquarters in Australia, were shot in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in downtown Hiroshima. Children and A-bomb survivors (hibakusha) in the city who share the wish for a world without nuclear weapons lent their cooperation to the shooting.

Six members of a commercial production company in Australia visited Hiroshima. They held out a microphone to each of a total of 36 people consisting of hibakusha and students of Nakajima Elementary School and Funairi High School in Naka Ward in front of the Children's Peace Monument and at other sites. The students made appeals in English and Japanese for a world free of nuclear weapons.

Shuhei Asahara, a fifth-grade student at Nakajima Elementary School, said after the filming: "I shared my wish that nuclear weapons will not be used and will be abolished." Toshiko Tanaka, 71, a hibakusha and a resident of Higashi Ward, commented, "I hope that the thoughts of A-bomb survivors will be conveyed to the world and will come together to make a strong voice."

The production company will edit the filmed voices and images, and produce a one-minute commercial. The commercial will be broadcast on TV several times on August 6. The Hiroshima Alliance for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, a citizens' group, with others, cooperated on the shooting.

(Originally published on July 24, 2010)