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Hiroshima for Global Peace

Q8 What are the ongoing measures in Hiroshima to abolish nuclear weapons?

Peace administration
The Peace Declaration has been delivered by the mayor of Hiroshima every year at the August 6 Peace Memorial Ceremony to convey Hiroshima’s desire for the abolition of nuclear weapons to the people of the world. The recent declarations containe appeals including; the start of negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention; calling on all leaders of nuclear-armed nations to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki; and establishing a new security system based on trust and dialogue.
Mayors for Peace (the president city is the City of Hiroshima) formulated the 2020 Vision (Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons), which aims for nuclear abolition by 2020. They have been developing various activities such as signaturecollecting campaigns for issues including the start of negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention in collaboration with citizens from member cities, NGOs and various sectors. They also have been working on activities conveying the reality of the atomic bombing such as holding A-bomb exhibitions both overseas and in Japan.
Based on the “Hiroshima for Global Peace” Plan formulated in 2011, Hiroshima Prefecture began organizing the Hiroshima Round Table as an international conference seeking nuclear disarmament in East Asia, and working on compiling the Hiroshima Report, which is an outcome of a research project on the major countries’ current status of nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation.
So far, Hiroshima Prefecture, the City of Hiroshima and other municipal governments in the prefecture, have sent written protests to the governments of nuclear-armed nations each time they conducted nuclear tests. Since the 1990s, many of the nucleararmed nations have unilaterally ceased nuclear explosion tests. Hiroshima Prefecture and the municipal governments in the prefecture continue to send written protests on the subcritical nuclear experiments carried out by the U.S.

Two peace museums
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims are located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The museum conveys the reality of the atomic bombing through exhibition of articles and materials including; artifacts left by the A-bomb victims; photos; and drawings by the survivors. The memorial hall was established to mourn the lives lost in the atomic bombing through registration of the names and photos of the victims and to convey the A-bomb experience of victims through atomic bomb memoirs.

Peace education
For the furthermore enrichment of peace education included in the curriculum of every local school, the Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education created a peace education program—the program would be carried out in accordance with students’ stage of development. Since Fiscal Year 2013, the program has been provided at all municipal elementary, junior-high, and high schools.
The supplementary reading materials, “Hiroshima Peace Note,” edited by the Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education, are organized to ensure that students know the importance of life, understand such important facts as the realities of the atomic bombing to develop future-oriented minds and then acquire the knowledge and abilities necessary to build a peaceful and sustainable society.




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