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ICAN campaigner Thurlow urges LDP bigwig elected in Hiroshima to do more on nukes

Setsuko Thurlow, right, speaks with Liberal Democratic Party Policy Research Council chief Fumio Kishida, left, at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on Dec. 3, 2018. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- An 86-year-old atomic bomb survivor who delivered a speech on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) at the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony visited Fumio Kishida, chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)'s Policy Research Council, at the party's headquarters here on Dec. 5.

"I would really like the Japanese government to join (the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons)." Setsuko Thurlow, a resident of Canada who was in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city on Aug. 6, 1945, requested to Kishida, who was elected from a constituency in Hiroshima Prefecture.

In response to her demand, former foreign minister Kishida only said, "Nuclear and non-nuclear countries have discussed how to cooperate even though they take different positions."

In December 2017, ICAN won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to draw attention to the consequences of nuclear weapons and achieve a treaty-based ban, but the Japanese government has yet to sign that treaty.

(Japanese original by Shinya Hamanaka, Political News Department)

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