Hiroshima prefecture and city to establish council in Hiroshima to support Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative

by Yuichi Ishii, Staff Writer

On July 8, the City of Hiroshima announced that Hiroshima Prefecture, the City of Hiroshima, and the Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry, among other entities, will form a council to support the foreign ministerial meeting of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI), composed of ten non-nuclear weapon states, set for next April in the city. The council, to be established on July 10, will discuss ways to create a conducive environment for receiving the participants of the meeting, as well as foster a welcoming atmosphere and promote the charms of Hiroshima. The City of Hiroshima will host the administrative office of the council.

The council is expected to be made up of 13 members, including Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki and Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chair Hideki Fukayama, with Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui serving as chair. Representatives of organizations with friendly ties to three member nations of the NPDI that will join the ministerial meeting, including the representative of the Hiroshima Japan-Australia Society, will also take part in the council.

The council will confer on the use of welcome banners, vertical banners, and electronic billboards to build momentum for the ministerial meeting. It will also consider holding a ceremony to welcome the participants and distribute brochures to introduce Hiroshima. The City’s Peace Promotion Division said that it also hoped to stage events to convey Hiroshima’s wish for peace to the foreign ministers.

The NPDI consists of ten nations, including Japan, Australia, and Germany. It was formed in September of 2010 to steadily implement the action plan agreed on at the NPT Review Conference of May 2010.

This is the NPDI’s first foreign ministerial meeting to be held in Japan. The meeting will convene at the International Conference Center Hiroshima in downtown Hiroshima next April. About 80 people, including foreign ministers, are planning to visit Japan to attend the meeting.

(Originally published on July 9, 2013)