The mayor of Hiroshima says he plans to use this year's peace declaration to call on the Japanese government to join a UN treaty on banning nuclear weapons.
Mayor Kazumi Matsui on Thursday disclosed the gist of the declaration he is to deliver at the ceremony marking the 74th anniversary of the city's atomic bombing on August 6.
People in Hiroshima are protesting the latest nuclear test by the United States. The US government announced last week that the country carried out a subcritical nuclear test earlier this year.
A US government laboratory said it carried out the experiment in Nevada in February as part of a drive to modernize the country's nuclear weapons.
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.
The renovated main building of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum reopened on Thursday.
The main building opened in 1955, 10 years after the atomic bombing of the city. It has been closed since 2017 to be made more earthquake-resistant. The displays also underwent major renovation for the first time since 1991.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has visited the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima in western Japan. As foreign minister, Kurz had a hand in the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Kurz arrived in Japan on Friday to commemorate the 150 anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Japan and Austria. He traveled to Hiroshima on Saturday. He had specifically requested the visit.