Mayors for Peace nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

by Masakazu Domen, Staff Writer

The International Peace Bureau, a peace organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, has nominated Mayors for Peace, Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue as joint recipients for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

The nomination was confirmed at the end of January based on the recommendation of Yayoi Tsuchida, Deputy Secretary-General of the Japan Council Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs and a member of the Steering Committee of IPB. According to the Council, the basis for the nomination was the shared effort made by the nominees in creating an international network of cities that has worked towards a world free of nuclear weapons. The nomination was announced at the national board meeting of the Council held on February 10.

Mayor Akiba, President of Mayors for Peace, sent a letter to Mr. Tsuchida expressing his appreciation for the nomination and his determination to produce a wave of popular support for the elimination of nuclear weapons. IPB, founded in 1891, is a peace organization with a long history. It was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1910 and holds a right of nomination for the Prize selection committee. In the past, the IPB has also nominated the Japan Confederation of A- and H-bomb Sufferers Organizations for the Nobel Peace Prize.