39 members of Hiroshima City Council form association to work for nuclear abolition

by Kyosuke Mizukawa

On December 3, 39 members of the Hiroshima City Council (out of 54, the total number of council seats) chose to form an association of Hiroshima City Council members to support the abolition of nuclear weapons. The association will consider effective actions to advance a world free of nuclear arms and make proposals to strengthen the city’s efforts to promote peace.

Among the 11 factions of the council, members from 10 factions except the Municipal Reform Network, took part in establishing the association. On the same day, an inaugural meeting of the group took place at the City Council building with 34 members in attendance. Noriaki Usui, a resident of Higashi Ward and a member of the faction called the Sousei (Creation) Club, was chosen chair of the association. At the meeting, the participants determined the guidelines of the group and set its mission of “contributing to peace activities in Japan and overseas.”

At a press conference held after the meeting, Mr. Usui expressed criticism of the national government’s diplomatic stance as the A-bombed nation in appealing for the abolition of nuclear arms while relying on the U.S. nuclear umbrella for the country’s security. He said, “In order to strengthen momentum for seriously discussing the abolition of nuclear weapons, our association will seek to establish a basic ordinance for nuclear abolition and work closely with other city councils throughout Japan.”

(Originally published on December 4, 2015)