Hiroshima governor requests cooperation from U.S. officials for global peace plan

by Aya Kano, Staff Writer (from Washington)

On November 10, Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki met with the president of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), an NGO working for nuclear non-proliferation, and then with senior U.S. officials to request their cooperation with the prefecture’s a “Hiroshima for Global Peace” plan.

The NTI supports the work of four U.S. political figures, including Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state, and William Perry, the former secretary of defense, who have been advocates for a nuclear-free world. Mr. Perry is a member of the board of directors of Hiroshima for Global Peace. NTI President Joan Rohlfing expressed support for the global peace plan following her meeting with Mr. Yuzaki, saying, “The plan includes such practical steps as reducing the threat nuclear terrorism.”

At the White House, the governor met with Laura Holgate, the senior director for Weapons of Mass Destruction, Terrorism, and Threat Reduction on the United States National Security Council. There, Mr. Yuzaki received advice on future collaboration with organizations working on nuclear issues. Mr. Yuzaki commented, “There are a mountain of issues to be dealt with in the process of eliminating nuclear weapons, such as what to do with the radioactive material. I would like to establish a network of experts to work on these issues.”

Mr. Yuzaki has been interviewed by three foreign media outlets so far during his trip, including by the Wall Street Journal, a U.S. newspaper. On November 11, he will hold meetings with a foundation and with faculty members of Stanford University in California. He will leave for Japan on November 12.

(Originally published on November 12, 2011)