3 Avril 2017
April 3, 2017
High school students from Japan, the United States and Russia gathered in Nagasaki to discuss ways to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.
The 3-day annual conference is organized by a US institute, and opened on Monday in the atomic-bombed city for the first time.
The Japanese participants include students from Hiroshima. The city was also devastated by an atomic bomb in 1945.
Students from Kwassui High School in Nagasaki spoke about the current global situation surrounding nuclear weapons. They reported their activities to push for the abolition of nuclear arms, such as signature-collecting drives.
They also explained how they are preserving the stories of atomic bomb survivors using digital technologies.
Students from the US and Russia said nuclear disarmament should be pursued step by step. They called for strengthening monitoring and arms reduction efforts.
They also proposed that peace education programs be taught to future generations as a step to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
Kwassui student Kokoro Tanaka said she was nervous while speaking to the audience, but thinks she was able to convey her message. She said she wants to learn many things from the participants' different viewpoints.
Nuclear reduction experts are scheduled to join a symposium.