Hiroshima to seek ideas from the public for events to mark 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing

by Michiko Tanaka, Staff Writer

On July 15, the City of Hiroshima will begin to publicly seek ideas for events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing in 2015. The city, which has designated 2015 as a year to spread Hiroshima’s wish for peace, will call on the public to propose ideas, such as conferences and events, that would be appropriate for the occasion. This call for ideas will close on August 15.

The city will seek ideas for ceremonies, conferences, and events. All citizens are free to submit ideas; there are no special requirements. The city will also ask for suggestions from city hall staff. After selecting viable ideas from the proposals made by city employees and the public, the city will announce its basic plan for the anniversary year around next February.

The city defines the year of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing as a time to recognize anew the A-bombed city of Hiroshima’s role in consoling the souls of the A-bomb victims, providing relief measures for A-bomb survivors, and handing down the A-bomb experience. The city also sees the year as an opportunity to renew its resolve and share its wish for peace with its residents and with people around the world.

Previously, the city sought ideas from the public for its efforts to observe the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing in 1995, when it received 123 ideas. Among them, proposals to hold a conference and an art festival on the theme of the Asian region were realized.

The city will offer submission forms at ward offices and community centers starting on July 15. The form can also be downloaded from the city’s website. For further information, please call the Planning and Coordination Division at 082-504-2025.

(Originally published on July 12, 2013)