HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) -- The following is a gist of remarks Prime Minister Fumio Kishida gave Saturday at a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima on the 77th anniversary of the city's atomic bombing, as well as at a subsequent meeting with survivors of the bombing.
-- From Hiroshima, I plead with the world not to repeat the tragedy of nuclear weapons use, especially because of a purportedly declining momentum toward a world without nuclear weapons.
-- Japan will work to connect the "reality" of a deteriorating security environment and the "ideal" of a world without nuclear weapons.
-- The international community should work together to maintain and strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which forms the foundation of Japan's effort.
-- At the G-7 summit next year, I and other leaders will confirm in front of a peace monument our commitment to working together to protect universal values, such as democracy.
-- A U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons serves as an exit to a world without nuclear weapons. We have to start by changing our ally, the United States.