Hiroshima Governor: “Pope gave me the courage to continue to call for nuclear-free world”

In a press conference held on December 3, Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki referred to Pepe Francis’s visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He said, “He explicitly denounced the use and possession of nuclear weapons as well as nuclear deterrence. He also expressed his support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It was a powerful message to A-bomb survivors.” Governor Yuzaki stated that he would continue urging the Japanese government to take the Pope’s message into consideration and sign and ratify the treaty.

As to the pope’s speech delivered in the Peace Memorial Park in central Hiroshima, Governor Yuzaki said that he was most impressed by the part, “… the use of atomic energy for purposes of war is … a crime.” As the pope’s messages delivered from the A-bombed cities attracted people’s attention around the world, “I was given great encouragement to work to realize a world without nuclear weapons,” he said.

Pope Francis’s visit to the A-bombed cities have once again made clear the significance of political leaders’ visiting the cities. “As next year will mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing, Hiroshima will draw attention from the world. I will call on leaders of nations, including nuclear weapon states, to visit Hiroshima,” said Governor Yuzaki.

(Originally published on December 4, 2019)