NPDI Hiroshima conference to be held at Prince Hotel, budgeted at 10 million yen

The foreign ministerial meeting of the Non-proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI), an effort comprised of 12 non-nuclear states, will be held on April 12, 2014 at the Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima, located in Minami Ward. To hold the event, 10 million yen, the amount that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had requested, was included in the draft budget for fiscal year 2014.

The venue was decided in a bid held at the end of November. The main conference will be held on April 12 and the ministry expects to hold related events that day and on April 11, the previous day. The ministry will make arrangements for various opportunities in which the visiting foreign ministers can take part, such as touring Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in the city center, listening to the accounts of A-bomb survivors, and meeting with Youth Special Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons.

The ministry plans to hold a public symposium sponsored jointly with the area council responsible for supporting the NPDI foreign ministerial meeting, comprised of the City of Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, and the Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry, among other entities. An official of the Arms Control and Disarmament Division of the foreign ministry explained that the ministry will announce the detailed program early next year.

(Originally published on December 25, 2013)