President of Tajikistan visits Hiroshima, offers flower wreath at Cenotaph for A-bomb Victims

[by Kyosuke Mizukawa, Staff Writer]

On October 3, Emomali Rahmon, the president of Tajikistan, made his first visit to the Peace Memorial Park in Naka Ward, Hiroshima. Mr. Rahmon offered a wreath at the Cenotaph for A-bomb Victims and grieved for the victims of the U.S. attack in 1945.

Guided by Kenji Shiga, the director of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Mr. Rahmon toured the museum and gazed intently at a computer graphics display that depicts the devastated city in the aftermath of the atomic bombing. Kazumi Matsui, the mayor of Hiroshima, escorted the president to the cenotaph. After laying the wreath at the cenotaph, he looked at the A-bomb Dome from a distance. Mr. Matsui told the media that he had asked Mr. Rahmon to encourage more Tajik cities to participate in Mayors for Peace, an organization chaired by Mr. Matsui with the aim of realizing the abolition of nuclear arms, and that Mr. Rahmon had responded favorably.

Mr. Rahmon arrived in Japan on October 3, at the invitation of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will stay in Japan until October 5 and have a summit meeting with Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan. According to an official from the Foreign Ministry, he visited Hiroshima with the wish to lay flowers at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims.

(Originally published on October 4, 2018)