Hiroshima extends invitation to Global Summit on Nuclear Security

by Uzaemonnaotsuka Tokai, Staff Writer

On October 29, Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba expressed his interest in inviting the preparatory meeting of the Global Summit on Nuclear Security to be held in Hiroshima. The U.S. government will host the summit in Washington, D.C. next April and have announced they will hold its preparatory meeting this December in Japan.

At a press conference, Mayor Akiba spoke of the preparatory meeting, stating, "I would like to announce that the city of Hiroshima is prepared to host the meeting." He stressed the significance for participants of having the opportunity to listen to the testimony of an A-bomb survivor before engaging in discussions. "I call for the meeting to be held either in Hiroshima or in Nagasaki," said Mr. Akiba.

The Global Summit on Nuclear Security was proposed in April by U.S. President Barack Obama, who has pledged to pursue the abolition of nuclear weapons. The summit will discuss concrete measures for securing nuclear materials, including from dismantled weapons, in order to prevent nuclear terrorism. According to the International Nuclear Energy Cooperation Division of Japan's Foreign Ministry, the agenda for the summit will be decided at the preparatory meeting, for which the dates and venue are under consideration.

(Originally published on October 30, 2009)

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