Hiroshima called for denuclearization this Saturday to prevent a repetition of the horrors of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city on the 77th anniversary of the devastating attack.and at a time marked by escalating global tensions.
The city celebrated this Saturday a ceremony in memory of the victims in the Peace Park, located near the epicenter of the explosion, and in which the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida and bombing survivors.
The Japanese Prime Minister stressed that the movement towards a world free of nuclear weapons seems to be slowing down, in the face of which he appealed from Hiroshima to stand up and commit to never repeating a similar tragedy.
Also, Kishida reiterated that Japan will respect its triple anti-nuclear commitment (neither develop, nor possess, nor allow the deployment of this type of weapon on its territory)., despite the fact that certain voices from his party called for rethinking these principles in the face of escalating tensions in Asia-Pacific. “Japan will reconcile the regional security situation with its desire to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons,” said the Japanese president, who pointed to the G7 leaders’ summit scheduled for next May in Hiroshima as an opportunity to promote nuclear disarmament.
“The only thing that separates us from the apocalypse is an error, a misunderstanding or a miscalculation,” Guterres said during his speech at the ceremony., which this year had representatives from a record number of 98 countries and organizations. Nevertheless, It did not have the presence of Russia or Belarus since they were not invited by the Japanese authorities due to the war in Ukraine. On the other hand, Guterres claimed that there are signs of hope such as the tenth review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which has been held at the United Nations since the beginning of the month.
The government led by Kishida believes that the NPT, another parallel initiative signed by the majority of the world’s countries, is an effective tool for achieving disarmament. Although the revision that is being discussed until the end of the month in the United Nations to strengthen its application has little chance of ending in consensus.
For his part, the mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, called on Japan to serve as a bridge between the countries that possess and those that do not possess atomic weapons to eradicate artifacts from the planet that, according to the mayor, threaten the survival of the human race. “Entrusting the nuclear button to any world leader carries the risk of repeating the horrors we suffered in Hiroshima,” Matsui said.
Hiroshima was the target of the first atomic bomb used in combat in history. The attack immediately exterminated some 80,000 people, the vast majority of them civilians, a number of fatalities that rose to 140,000 due to injuries and resulting illnesses and that in subsequent years more than doubled.