American journalist interviews high school students in Hiroshima on their efforts for nuclear abolition

by Sakiko Masuda, Staff Writer

On February 28, Peter Canellos, 48, editorial page editor of the Boston Globe, a newspaper in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, interviewed five high school students in Hiroshima who are members of the “No Nuke Network: Students of Hiroshima Against Nuclear Weapons,” an organization actively seeking the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Mr. Canellos, who had learned that these high school students are calling on U.S. President Barack Obama to visit the A-bombed city, asked such questions as, “Do you want him to apologize in Hiroshima?” Takuya Bajo, 17, a second-year student at Hiroshima Gakuin Senior High School, answered, “Not necessarily. Just having the U.S. president, who can play a vital part in nuclear abolition efforts, visit the A-bombed city would be of great significance.”

The high school students interviewed by Mr. Canellos all have A-bomb survivors in their families, such as grandparents. After the interview, Mr. Canellos commented, “I now understand that the A-bomb survivors in their families are the impetus for their activities.”

Mr. Canellos's visit to Japan is at the invitation of the Foreign Press Center in Tokyo. He will be in Hiroshima until March 1.

(Originally published on March 1, 2011)

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