Students set to launch efforts for inviting President Obama to Hiroshima

by Junji Akechi, Staff Writer

On July 30, the No Nuke Network: Students of Hiroshima Against Nuclear Weapons, a group of students campaigning for the abolition of nuclear weapons, decided to launch their efforts for inviting U.S. President Barack Obama to Hiroshima ahead of schedule. Since Mr. Obama’s visit to Japan in November has been nearly finalized, they will begin their activities on August 6, the anniversary of the atomic bombing.

The students hope to collect paper cranes, which represent their wish for the abolition of nuclear weapons, amassing a total greater than the number of existing nuclear weapons in the world. They will then deliver the cranes to Mr. Obama and encourage him to visit the city, asking that he speak with students in Hiroshima about nuclear abolition.

Members of the group will ask citizens to fold paper cranes and/or offer donations for the campaign around the former Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium or Motoyasu Bridge for about two hours starting at 5 p.m. on August 6.

They are also looking into the possibility of visiting the U.S. Embassy in Japan to deliver a letter addressed to Mr. Obama as soon as the new U.S. ambassador to Japan is formally nominated, prior to Mr. Obama’s trip to Japan.

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

(Originally published in July 31, 2009)

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