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From Hiroshima, U.N. Secretary General and Kishida emphasize Japan’s role to eliminate nukes

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, right, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shake hands before their meeting in Hiroshima, western Japan Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. (File photo/Kyodo News via AP)
U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, right, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shake hands before their meeting in Hiroshima, western Japan Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. (File photo/Kyodo News via AP)
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06 Aug 2022 06:08:19 GMT9
06 Aug 2022 06:08:19 GMT9

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TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio met with U.N. secretary general at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima on Saturday as the city marked the 77th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing, Hiroshima.

Kishida, according to the foreign ministry, said that having an accurate understanding on the realities of using nuclear weapons is the starting point towards nuclear disarmament. The Japanese Prime Minister also noted that Japan is the only country to have been targeted with atomic bombings and stands ready to lead international efforts towards a world without nuclear weapons. 

Secretary-General Guterres responded by saying no other country can speak about nuclear weapons with the moral authority of Japan. He termed his visit “meaningful,” fulfilling a wish to visit Hiroshima and attend the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony.

In response to China’s aggressive actions around the island of Taiwan, Kishida strongly condemned China’s launching of ballistic missiles, saying it had become an issue for Japan’s security and the safety of Japanese people. He added that China’s action gravely affects the peace and stability of the international community. 

Kishida and Guterres were guided by the Director of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on a tour of the museum and learned about the tragic realities of the use of nuclear weapons. 

After their visit to the museum, Kishida and Guterres respectively donated paper cranes – a symbol of peace in Hiroshima – that they had folded themselves and signed the guest book.

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