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Message of the Mayor of Nagasaki

Tomihisa  Taue
Mayor of Nagasaki
On behalf of the citizens of Nagasaki, I would like to extend this message on this occasion; the “Hiroshima Day in Vienna”.

At 11:02 a.m., on August 9, 1945, Nagasaki was instantly devastated by a single atomic bomb. 74,000 precious lives were lost to the terrible blast, heat rays and radiation. A further 75,000 people were wounded. Even today, 69 years after the bombing, many people are still suffering from the aftereffects of radiation.

The citizens of Nagasaki have continuously appealed for the abolition of nuclear weapons in order to ensure the humanity shall never repeat the tragedy that they bring. To our dismay, there are more than 16,000 nuclear warheads still in existence worldwide.

In hopes to overcome this stagnant situation, I attended the Third Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty of the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) that was held this April in New York. During the conference, Mayor Matsui of Hiroshima and I met with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. We submitted a letter of request, signatures collected by the Mayors for Peace calling for the early conclusion of the nuclear weapons convention.

The city of Nagasaki will continue to work with you towards realizing both the abolition of nuclear weapons and the attainment of everlasting world peace.

Through the “Hiroshima Day in Vienna”, I hope that you will share our wish for peace and spread the voice that calls for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

In closing, I extend my best wishes for the good health and happiness for all those gathered here today.

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