Foreign minister encourages participation in “Youth Special Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons”

by Junpei Fujimura, Staff Writer

During a press conference on June 28, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida encouraged active participation in the new government program “Youth Special Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons.” The application process for these appointments began on the same day. Mr. Kishida, who was elected from district one in Hiroshima, said the program is a significant step in handing down to younger generations the role of conveying the experiences of the A-bomb survivors to the world.

The youth special communicators are youth counterparts to the “Special Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons,” consisting of A-bomb survivors. Mr. Kishida stressed that this new program will help advance the cause of creating a world without nuclear weapons. The applications for youth special communicators will be examined individually, and decisions will be made on whether financial assistance, including travel expenses, should be provided when the participants take part in conferences and events held at home and abroad to convey the tragedy brought about by the atomic bombings, Mr. Kishida said.

Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 29, and applications should be made through groups and organizations, such as local governments, schools, and NPOs. Individual appointments will then be offered, with the first youth special communicators selected by August 6 of this year.

The application form can be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For further information, call the ministry’s Arms Control and Disarmament Division at 03-5501-8221.

(Originally published on June 29, 2013)