17 Juillet 2017
July 16, 2017
Hiroshima parade hails nuclear ban treaty
People in the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima held a parade on Sunday welcoming the adoption of a legally binding treaty to ban nuclear weapons.
The treaty was approved on July 7th at the UN headquarters in New York with support from 122 countries and territories.
The United States, Russia and other nuclear powers, as well as those depending on the nuclear umbrella, such as Japan and most NATO nations, did not take part in the talks.
About 30 members of civic groups, as well as atomic bomb survivors, took part in the parade.
They held large paper cranes and placards calling for a world without nuclear weapons, and marched for about an hour to the children's peace monument in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
Takae Hironaka visited the UN during treaty negotiations.
She said she wants to share the good news of the treaty, and hopes to increase efforts toward nuclear abolition.