Mayor Akiba urges G8 support to abolish nuclear weapons

by Michiko Tanaka, Staff Writer

Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba has called on the support of the G8 speakers in efforts to realize the elimination of nuclear weapons.

At the beginning of a luncheon held at a downtown hotel on September 2, Mayor Akiba delivered a speech in which he shared the message of the A-bomb survivors: “No one else should ever suffer as we did.” He also explained the initiatives being taken by Mayors for Peace to abolish nuclear weapons by 2020, and the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol, a roadmap to achieve this goal, and he urged the speakers to support these efforts.

Mayor Akiba concluded his speech by saying, “Working together, we actually can bequeath to our children a nuclear-weapon-free world.” The first to offer applause was Speaker Nancy Pelosi from the United States.

At a press conference, Mayor Akiba, looking back at his speech, commented, “They listened to my speech attentively. I believe that the spirit of Hiroshima, which calls for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realization of everlasting world peace, as well as the efforts of Mayors for Peace and the sentiments of the A-bomb survivors, came through.”

(Originally published on September 3, 2008)