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Japan Photo Journal: Candlelight vigil for world without nukes

(Mainichi/Naohiro Yamada)

Some 1,200 candles are seen spelling out the message, "No Nukes Future! TPNW 2021," in front of the scaffolded Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima's Naka Ward on the evening of Jan. 22, 2021, commemorating the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) among signatories across the world that day. The event, organized by the Hiroshima Alliance for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (HANWA) and other citizens groups, was livestreamed globally via social media. Haruko Moritaki, 81, co-head of HANWA and the daughter of the late Ichiro Moritaki, an A-bomb survivor and moral leader of the anti-nuclear bomb movements in Japan, spoke at the candlelight vigil. She told participants, "Let's share this light as a ray of hope for the world, and use the treaty as the best means to build a future without nuclear weapons."

    (Japanese original by Kazuki Ikeda, Hiroshima Bureau)

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