JPPNW supports Mayors for Peace for the Nobel Peace Prize

by Hiromi Morita, Staff Writer

Japanese Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (JPPNW) has announced its intention to second the nomination of Mayors for Peace and its President, Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Shizuteru Usui, President of JPPNW and President of the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association, explained this endorsement at a press conference held at Hiroshima City Hall. He will attend the World Congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), to be held in India from March 7-11, and will recommend Mayors for Peace as a fitting candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize at the plenary session. Dr. Usui remarked, “Mayors all over the world are working to abolish nuclear weapons. As a physician who seeks the same aim, I wish to support their efforts.”

IPPNW, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985, maintains its headquarters in the U.S. city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a recipient of the Peace Prize, it holds the right to nominate a candidate each year and it has nominated Mayors for Peace in the past as well.