Former Hiroshima Mayor Akiba chosen as new chairman of international network of NGOs for nuclear disarmament

Aug. 6, 2012

On August 3, the Middle Powers Initiative (MPI), an international network of non-governmental organizations working for nuclear disarmament, announced that it has chosen former Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, now specially appointed professor at Hiroshima University, to serve as its new chairman.

Mr. Akiba’s term of office has not yet been determined. He will coordinate such projects as the dispatching of delegations to various nations and the organizing of a conference with government representatives. Mr. Akiba was selected for the post as a result of his ability to bring about the expansion of Mayors for Peace during his tenure as mayor of Hiroshima, among other efforts. The post of MPI chairman had been vacant since the predecessor stepped down last fall.

MPI is an international network of NGOs specializing in nuclear disarmament. In 1998, Douglas Roche, former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, founded the network, which is comprised of eight organizations, including the Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).

(Originally published on August 4, 2012)