U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to attend Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6

It was learned on August 1 that the Unites States is planning to send James Zumwalt, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy in Japan, to attend the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6.

Arrangements are also being made for Mr. Zumwalt to attend the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 9. It will be the very first time, if realized, that the United States is sending an official to attend both ceremonies in the same year. Last year, U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos attended the ceremony in Hiroshima as a representative of the U.S. government, but he did not attend the Nagasaki ceremony “due to scheduling concerns.”

The City of Hiroshima has extended ceremony invitations to 152 nations, and, as of July 15, 68 nations have announced that they will take part in the event.

Last year, representatives of 74 nations, a record number, were present at the ceremony in Hiroshima.

(Originally published on August 2, 2011)