Hiroshima Hidankyo holds a meeting of regional representatives, confirming to send Mr. Mimaki to the NPT Review Conference

by Junji Akechi, Staff Writer

On January 30, Hiroshima Prefectural Confederation of A-bomb Survivors Organizations (Hiroshima Hidankyo, chaired by Sunao Tsuboi) held a meeting of regional prefectural representatives in Nishi Ward, Hiroshima. The participants shared a plan to dispatch Toshiyuki Mimaki, 77, to the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) held in New York this April and May. They also reaffirmed their intention to work hard at eliminating nuclear weapons, this year being the 75th anniversary of the A-bomb attack.

Mr. Mimaki, acting chair of Hiroshima Hidankyo, will visit the United States from April 25 to May 3 with other delegates of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations (based in Tokyo). The group will share their A-bomb accounts, observe the Review Conference and appeal to government representatives during their stay. “As a representative of the A-bombed city of Hiroshima, I will strongly appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons,” Mr. Mimaki expressed his determination.

The former Army Clothing Depot, A-bombed structures in Minami Ward, was also mentioned in the meeting. Of three buildings owned by Hiroshima Prefecture, it had previously announced the original plan to “dismantle two buildings and preserve the other.” On January 8, Hiroshima Hidankyo submitted a request to the prefecture to keep all three structures. The participants agreed to continue calling for the preservation of all four A-bombed buildings of the Depot, which includes the one owned by the government.

On the same day, a special certificate of appreciation was presented to two vice chairs, Masanori Ueda, 88, Kure City, and Seiko Ikeda, 87, Aki Ward, for their longtime contribution to the organization. Renewing his vow to abolish nuclear weapons, Mr. Ueda said, “Now that I’ve received the certificate, I will work hard as long as I have breath.”

(Originally published on January 31, 2019)