Mayor of Miyoshi City signs Hibakusha Appeal

At an interview with the press on August 28, Satoshi Fukuoka, the mayor of Miyoshi City, announced that he has signed the “Hibakusha Appeal,” a signature campaign in which the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo) is urging all countries to conclude the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Mr. Fukuoka was elected mayor of Miyoshi for the first time in April 2019. His predecessor, Kazutoshi Masuda, had already signed the Hibakusha Appeal.

Mr. Fukuoka signed the Appeal on July 30 at the request of the Hiroshima prefectural chapters of the Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs. Regarding the Japanese government’s stance of not signing or ratifying the nuclear weapons ban treaty, Mr. Fukuoka said, “The mayor of Hiroshima conveyed his position in this year’s Peace Declaration on August 6. As one of the mayors of Hiroshima Prefecture, which experienced the atomic bombing, I would like to work together with Hiroshima City in calling on the government to sign and ratify the treaty.” He then expressed his intention to keep up with the movement pursued by various organizations such as Mayors for Peace (for which Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui serves as president), which are urging all nations to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

(Originally published on August 29, 2019)