JAPAN | Nagasaki mayor: shift from nuclear power needed

Posted on July 28, 2011


JAPAN | NHK | 28 July 2011

The mayor of Nagasaki City will for the first time call for a shift away from nuclear energy in his annual peace declaration on August 9th, amid the ongoing nuclear crisis in Fukushima.
Mayor Tomihisa Taue told reporters on Thursday that the people of his city do not want to see more “Hibakusha,” as the victims of the 1945 atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima are known.

He said he will call for a move toward safer, renewable energy sources in this year’s declaration, no matter how long it might take to achieve that shift.

The mayor’s appeal on nuclear power generation will be the first of its kind at a Nagasaki peace ceremony. The annual declaration has always focused on the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The Nagasaki mayor will read out the declaration at the ceremony, which marks the 66th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city on August 9th in 1945.

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