High school students seeking nuclear abolition visit Hiroshima mayor before attending NPT PrepCom

by Michiko Tanaka, Staff Writer

Six high school students paid a visit to Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui at City Hall on April 18 and expressed their determination to convey Hiroshima’s wish for peace at the upcoming third session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. Dispatched by the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, the students from the cities of Hiroshima and Fukuyama will call for the abolition of nuclear weapons at the meeting scheduled to open at United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 28.

The students are participants of a campaign called “Nuclear Abolition Now! Signature Drive by Junior and Senior High School Students.” They will be the first high school students to be sent to an international conference by the foundation. They have also been appointed “Youth Special Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons” by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The students will attend a symposium at U.N. Headquarters and meet with American high school students.

The six students are from Hiroshima Jogakuin High School, Shudo Junior High & High School, both located in the city of Hiroshima, and Eishin Gakuen in Fukuyama. Mayor Matsui handed them letters of appointment, issued by the foreign ministry, that are given to special communicators. Ryuhei Abe, 16, a second-year student at Shudo High School, said, “I will emphasize the importance of nuclear abolition, and I hope to help realize a world without nuclear weapons.” The Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation will also send two students from Okinawa Shogaku Junior & Senior High Schools located in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture.

(Originally published on April 19, 2014)