Hiroshima City mayor’s overseas schedule announced regarding participation in First Meeting of States Parties to TPNW

by Kana Kobayashi, Staff Writer

Hiroshima City Mayor Kazumi Matsui, who also serves as president of the Mayors for Peace organization, will visit Austria during the period June 19–25 to attend the First Meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which is to be held in Vienna June 21–23. The Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, located in the city’s Naka Ward, announced Mr. Matsui’s visit schedule on May 10.

Given Russia’s threat of nuclear weapons’ use after its invasion of Ukraine, Mr. Matsui is hoping to have the opportunity to communicate with the international community through a speech at the meeting in which he will highlight the threat of nuclear weapons and call for their abolition. Government authorities in Austria, the meeting’s host nation, have expressed the country’s intent to create the chance for the mayors of the two A-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to speak at the meeting.

In addition to the TPNW meeting, Mr. Matsui plans to attend the 2022 Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (HINW22Vienna), a meeting scheduled to take place in Vienna on June 20, a day prior to the beginning of the meeting of the States Parties to the TPNW. He also aims to meet with people from the United Nations and government officials from other nations, as well as to gather with those involved in work related to the Mayors for Peace organization.

Meanwhile, Japan’s national government has said it is still considering whether or not to attend the conference involving the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, in which it has participated three times in the past, as it continues its cautious stance regarding attendance at the TPNW states parties meeting as an observer.

(Originally published on May 11, 2022)