Student group decides course of action for inviting President Obama to Hiroshima

by Junji Akechi, Staff Writer

On July 22, ten members of the No Nuke Network: Students of Hiroshima Against Nuclear Weapons, a group of students in Hiroshima campaigning for the abolition of nuclear weapons, held a meeting in downtown Hiroshima. At the meeting they specified the activities of their project to encourage U.S. President Barack Obama to visit A-bombed city. The members plan to collect a number of paper cranes, greater than the number of existing nuclear weapons in the world. In delivering these paper cranes to Mr. Obama, they will ask the president to visit Hiroshima and speak with students in the city.

The group will seek people of all ages to make paper cranes for the project in the hope that humanity’s wish for creating a world free of nuclear weapons will overpower the nuclear weapons that currently exist on earth.

The students plan to personally deliver the paper cranes to the White House. They will also initiate a fundraising drive to support their visit to the United States in March 2010.

“No nuke” is a slogan in English, meaning the abolition of nuclear weapons. The junior and senior high school students have held meetings and study sessions since May of this year to discuss the significance of inviting President Obama to Hiroshima and other subjects.

The group will launch their activities on city streets in mid-August and boost their efforts in September when the new school semester starts. They intend to ask junior and senior high school students in Hiroshima, in particular, to join the project.

Those interested in the project can contact the group at nonukehiroshima@gmail.com.

(Originally published on July 23, 2009)

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