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StatementStatement on President Obama’s planned visit to Hiroshima

YASUI Masakazu, Secretary General
Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo)
May 11, 2016

It is significant that President Obama will visit the A-bombed city of Hiroshima as the first US President, which many Hibakusha, the A-bomb survivors, have long called for.

Now that he is set to visit Hiroshima, he should look with his own eyes at the inhuman consequences of the use of the A-bomb by visiting the Peace Memorial Museum, listen to the voices of the Hibakusha, and meet their wishes without delay.

Changing his past position to turn his back on the total prohibition of nuclear weapons on the ground of the “need for nuclear deterrence”, he should take concrete steps for the start of negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons.