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Hiroshima A-bomb survivor to address U.N. nuke ban treaty conference

Hiroshima A-bomb survivor Toshiki Fujimori speaks to the Mainichi Shimbun in this Aug. 1, 2015 file photo. (Mainichi)

HIROSHIMA -- Toshiki Fujimori, deputy secretary-general of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo), is set to make a speech to delegates at the opening of a nuclear weapons ban treaty conference at United Nations headquarters in New York on March 27.

    Fujimori, a 72-year-old survivor of the Hiroshima A-bomb, was apparently asked to speak by Conference President Elayne Whyte Gomez, who is determined to get a treaty finalized.

    Fujimori was just 1 year old when he was exposed to the bomb about 2.3 kilometers from the hypocenter. He was on his mother's back, on an embankment near the family home. His 13-year-old sister was lost to the blast, her body never found.

    "I want to pass on the thoughts of all the hibakusha (A-bomb survivors) who never sought retribution and have campaigned for a nuclear weapons-free world," Fujimori, who now lives in Chino, Nagano Prefecture, told the Mainichi Shimbun.

    The upcoming treaty negotiations will be on the foundational issue of what to ban, such as nuclear weapons development and production. Another round of talks will be held in June and July this year to put together a final report to be submitted to the U.N. General Assembly in the autumn.

    "There's a good possibility the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump will begin opposing the negotiations next year or beyond, so a treaty is likely to be adopted in July," commented Akira Kawasaki of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

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