We asked Ms Sato about her motivation and enthusiasm for peace and the future.
【Name】 Yuumi Sato
【Age】 20 years old
【School】 International Christian University, Tokyo
What motivated you to apply HOPe YA?
My grandmother is an atomic bomb survivor, and my mother works as a guide in the Peace Memorial Park. As the number of the survivors is decreasing, I thought that my activities as a HOPe youth ambassador would help to raise awareness of the importance of peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons
What are your hobbies?
Traveling and singing.
I am currently a member of the choir club at my university.
Tell us about your past activities that may have prepared you to become HOPe Youth Ambassador for a Nuclear-Free Sustainable Future.
When I was in Grade 10, I participated in the Future Leaders’ Program for Global Peace as a student. Also, in my high school some students in the art club draw pictures of the atomic bombed Hiroshima. I had occasions to interpret that initiatives to English to the international guests. The dialogue I had then was very inspiring and kept me hooked with thinking about peace.
What is your vision for the future in 2045?
I envision a future in which Japan has joined the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and is taking the initiative to abolish nuclear weapons. In order to achieve this, I believe that we need to spread awareness to more people in Japan about the horrors of nuclear weapons and that nuclear weapons are not necessary for a peaceful world.
What are your expectations and immediate plan as a HOPe YA?
Wars and conflicts are happening all over the world. Not only do I want to tell people about the devastation of the atomic bombings experienced by Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but I also want to learn about issues throughout Japan or around the world and exchange ideas. I also look forward to attending international conferences and hearing the opinions of experts on nuclear issues.
Thank you Yuumi, we are looking forward to working with you!