ICAN member exchanges views with young people to raise awareness of nuclear weapons ban treaty

by Yuji Yamamoto, Staff Writer

On July 23, Tim Wright, 33, a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a non-governmental organization (NGO), exchanged views with a group of young people from Hiroshima and Tokyo at an office in Naka Ward. Mr. Wright is currently visiting Hiroshima.

The gathering, which was organized by a group of young volunteers who are concerned about peace issues, was attended by around 30 people. Mr. Wright stressed that the awarding of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the antinuclear movement, and he urged the participants to actively promote the nuclear weapons ban treaty and its related efforts at the grassroots level.

The participants came up with their own ideas for a campaign to promote the abolition of nuclear weapons, then shared them with one another. Some of these ideas included creating animated films and musicals as well as approaching local lawmakers. Wataru Nobusue, 23, a senior at Hiroshima City University, said that Mr. Wright comes across as a very sincere person and was able to generate close feelings within the group. Mr. Nobusue also talked about his determination to make proactive efforts to advance the abolition of nuclear weapons.

(Originally published on July 24, 2018)