Wednesday, August 15, 2012

postheadericon Mayor of Hiroshima Reads Peace Declaration In English

On the evening of August 6th 2012, the 67th anniversary of the atom bombing of Hiroshima, Mayor Kazumi Matsui read the Hiroshima Peace Declaration in English, in Peace Park, just across the river from the Atomic Bomb Dome.

The atom bomb was dropped at 8.15am on 6th August 1945, and the reading of the Peace Declaration timed to commence at 8.15am American Central Time.

Tomoko Watanabe of ANT-Hiroshima introduced the Mayor and thanked him afterwards. The speech was filmed and posted on YouTube and elsewhere to convey Hiroshima's message of peace to the English speaking world.


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What is ANT-Hiroshima?

Asian Network of Trust-Hiroshima, an NGO based in Hiroshima, Japan, draws its inspiration from the experience of the A-bomb survivors who, together with international support, worked to rebuild their shattered city in a spirit of peace and reconciliation. In a similar spirit, ANT-Hiroshima is involved in a range of relief, reconstruction, and peace-building projects in a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

ANT-Hiroshima’s work is rooted in the twin missions of providing material, as well as emotional, support to the people we serve. We bring a human touch to the provision of emergency relief in areas devastated by natural disaster or human conflict. Operating on a small scale at the local level, we share a spirit of warmth and compassion along with such immediate material needs as food, clothing, water, shelter, and medical supplies and services.

In Japan, too, our work is inspired by the spirit of Hiroshima in our efforts to motivate the next generation of Japanese to view the world with compassionate eyes. Through programs in education, we strive to stimulate the awareness and action of young people towards both the material and emotional needs of their local communities as well as the international community.

Tomoko Watanabe,
Founder and Executive Director,

Green Legacy Hiroshima

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