U.N. Under-Secretary-General tours Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

by Junji Akechi, Staff Writer

On November 15, Alison Smale, the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications at the United Nations, visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Naka Ward. She toured the Peace Memorial Museum and listened to an account of the atomic bombing from an A-bomb survivor.

Guided by Katsunobu Hamaoka, the assistant director of the museum, Ms. Smale spent about an hour at the museum and looked at exhibits like photo panels that show the condition of the city before and after the atomic bombing, and a burnt tricycle. In the museum’s guestbook she wrote that she couldn’t find the words to express her feelings, and that the exhibits help unite us all in fighting against violence and such terrible weapons.

After the tour, she responded to questions from the Chugoku Shimbun and said that she was heartened by the sight of many children learning about this unimaginable event.

Ms. Smale also offered flowers at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims and listened to an A-bomb account. Prior to her visit to the park, she met with Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui. They exchanged views on ways to hand down memories of the war to the next generation and other topics.

(Originally published on November 16, 2018)