16 participants from 5 nations to discuss nuclear abolition in Hiroshima on July 29 and 30

by Kenichiro Nozaki, Staff Writer

The dates and participants for the “Hiroshima Round Table,” a roundtable meeting organized by Hiroshima Prefecture, were confirmed on June 19. Researchers and politicians from five nations, including nuclear weapon states, will gather to explore a path toward the abolition of nuclear arms at a hotel in the A-bombed city on July 29 and 30. Sixteen participants from Japan, the United States, China, South Korea, and Australia will exchange views on nuclear disarmament in East Asia.

The meeting is the first such gathering under the “Hiroshima for Global Peace” plan promulgated by Hiroshima Prefecture. The focus will be on East Asia, a region where tensions over nuclear weapons, as seen in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, are running high.

From China, Shen Dingli, a professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, and Li Bin, a professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, both versed in nuclear arms control, will attend the meeting. They will present their views derived from research on Chinese diplomacy and other investigations. From South Korea, Han Sung-Joo, former foreign minister, will take part in the meeting along with another Korean official.

Ten advisors and members of the “Hiroshima for Global Peace” plan promotion committee will also join the gathering, including Yoriko Kawaguchi, former Japanese foreign minister; Gareth Evans, former Australian minister of foreign affairs; and Scott Sagan, a professor at Stanford University. Yohei Kono, former speaker of Japan’s House of Representatives, will deliver the keynote speech.

(Originally published on June 20, 2013)