Hiroshima governor speaks to foreign correspondents on global peace plan

by Kohei Okata, Staff Writer

On July 21, Hidehiko Yuzaki, governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, delivered a speech in Tokyo at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan to announce a global peace plan being developed by the prefecture.

Governor Yuzaki outlined the plan and told those in attendance that the plan will seek to identify the mission and role of Hiroshima in the world, beyond merely a site of tragedy, in the pursuit of a peaceful international community free of nuclear weapons.

Speaking in English, the governor presented, among other aspects of the plan, an approach which incorporates three actions—developing theories on peace, implementing practical programs, and disseminating messages of peace—in order to fulfill three aims: 1) preparing a road map for nuclear abolition; 2) promoting reconstruction and peace building; and 3) creating a new security framework for the world.

Yasushi Akashi, former U.N. undersecretary general for public relations, disarmament affairs, and humanitarian affairs, is serving as the chair of the “A Hiroshima for Global Peace” committee. Mr. Akashi, who was also present at the gathering, said that the Hiroshima plan would be a positive step toward the abolition of nuclear arms.

About 30 people, including reporters, attended the meeting. Foo Choo Wei, 46, a Tokyo correspondent for the Lianhe Zaobao newspaper of Singapore, said that actively disseminating a peace plan from Hiroshima was an important development for Asia, too.


“A Hiroshima for Global Peace” Plan
The plan seeks to formulate the role of the A-bombed site of Hiroshima in the pursuit of nuclear abolition and global peace. The plan will be finalized in October and, in November, Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki will visit United Nations Headquarters in New York to present the plan. The committee charged with developing the plan was launched on May 24, 2011. The nine members include Yoriko Kawaguchi, former Japanese minister of foreign affairs, William Perry, former U. S. secretary of defense, and Gareth Evans, former Australian minister of foreign affairs.

(Originally published on July 22, 2011)