Thurlow: Japan Should Join Nuclear Arms Ban Treaty

Thurlow: Japan should join nuclear arms ban treaty

A survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 has met a Japanese deputy government spokesperson to urge the country to join a UN treaty banning nuclear weapons.

Setsuko Thurlow met Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Thursday.

Nishimura expressed respects to Thurlow for speaking out about the inhumanity of nuclear arms to the world for many years.

Nishimura said the Japanese government has also done that as the only country to experience atomic bombings. He added the government will steadily move toward a world without nuclear weapons.

Thurlow said she was impressed beyond description when the United Nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons last year.

But she said it is heartbreaking that Japan, her native country, is not a party to the treaty.

Thurlow handed Nishimura her letter to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

At a news conference on the same day, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was asked why Thurlow did not get her requested meeting with Abe.

Suga said the prime minister's schedule did not allow for the meeting.

Thurlow now lives in Canada. She has been working with last year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN.

She gave a speech at last year's Nobel award ceremony in which the non-governmental organization received the award.