Hiroshima Mayor Promotes Nuclear Abolition

Hiroshima mayor promotes nuclear abolition

The mayor of Hiroshima has pledged to strengthen solidarity and cooperation among cities around the world to abolish nuclear weapons.

Kazumi Matsui addressed an award ceremony on Friday for the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards. The event was part of a film festival in New York. The award is given to people and groups that inspire innovation.

Matsui represented Mayors for Peace, one of the award winners this year. The organization comprises more than 7,700 cities in 163 countries and regions seeking the abolition of nuclear weapons. Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue was also in attendance.

Matsui said he expects to see a spread of awareness among global citizens who see the need for a world free of nuclear weapons. He said he hopes the movement leads to drastic policy changes.

Matsui raised a hammer -- one of the mementos given to each honoree -- and said he will destroy the idea of so-called nuclear deterrence. The audience responded with loud applause.

A man who attended said the world does not need nuclear weapons, and he hopes to see the message of Hiroshima and Nagasaki spread further.