Hiroshima Summit, May 19-21: Citizens Council for Hiroshima Summit to invite media to cover reality of A-bombing

On January 17, ahead of the summit meeting of the G7 (The Group of Seven industrialized nations), to be held in Hiroshima in May 19-21, the Citizens Council for the Hiroshima Summit, a public-private organization in Hiroshima Prefecture, held its third general meeting at a hotel in Minami Ward. They confirmed they would focus on conveying messages of peace in and out of Japan and on the participation of young people in the management of the summit.

A total of 101 people attended the meeting from organizations related to economics, transportation, medical care, and universities. The council’s management office introduced its efforts to invite media of the G7 countries to Hiroshima to cover the reality of the atomic bombing and the history of reconstruction. It also explained a project whereby about 120 student volunteers would be recruited to serve as tourist guides for those involved and translators for events from February at the earliest.

A Hiroshima prefectural police official expressed the need to reduce 50 percent of the total traffic volume on the prefecture’s highways and general roads in the city center, and called for cooperation. Hidehiko Yuzaki, chairman of the council, said, “As the coverage of the summit increases, so does attention to Hiroshima. I would like to seize the opportunity to increase momentum toward the realization of peace without nuclear weapons.”

(Originally published on January 18, 2023)