Hiroshima mayor calls for nuclear abolition through Twitter from Mexico

by Uzaemonnaotsuka Tokai, Staff Writer

On September 10, the City of Hiroshima announced that Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba appealed for the abolition of nuclear weapons through Twitter, a popular micro-blogging service, along with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and others.

Mayor Akiba is visiting Mexico to attend the 62nd Annual Conference for Non-Governmental Organizations. Responding to a request from the Department of Public Information of the United Nations, the organizer of the conference, the mayor wrote a Twitter message in English: "The only role for nuclear weapons is to be abolished! Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the proof. WMD--We Must Disarm!" Mr. Ban wrote, "Because the world is overarmed & peace underfunded. U can set the priorities straight-join WMD campaign."

Mayor Akiba will deliver a speech on September 11, the final day of the conference. He is also seeking a meeting with Secretary-General Ban.

Twitter is a social networking service which enables users to interact with other users globally by sending short messages of up to 140 characters.

(Originally published on September 11, 2009)