Hiroshima raises banners to welcome Nobel Peace Prize laureates

by Kanako Noda, Staff Writer

On October 18, the City of Hiroshima unfurled banners on Peace Boulevard to promote "The 2010 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates" to be held from November 12 to 14.

The banners are about 1.8 meters in height and about 60 centimeters in width. The A-bomb Dome is depicted on a white background along with the name of the summit and its schedule. With the use of a boom lift, a total of 82 banners were lined up along a 1.4 kilometer stretch of the street, from the Nakajima-cho district to the Fujimi-cho district.

The summit will be attended by 10 Nobel Peace Prize laureates including the 14th Dalai Lama, the supreme leader of Tibetan Buddhism, and Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, as well as representatives from 13 Nobel-winning organizations. The participants will hold discussions on the theme "The Legacy of Hiroshima: A World without Nuclear Weapons" on November 12 and 13 at a hotel in Hiroshima, and announce the Hiroshima Final Declaration in Peace Memorial Park on November 14.

(Originally published on October 19, 2010)

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