February 9(Wednesday)

No.14 [Peace] Nine Special Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons Embarked upon a World Communication Tour.

 

The Prime Minister answers the question, "What are the Special Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons that the Prime Minister mentioned in his policy speech last week?" Behind the scenes was there a departure of a ship with heartwarming stories, which got underway the day before the speech was delivered.

 

 

"Have a safe journey!"

 

Narration: On the day before the Diet session started, nine Special
Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons left the Port of
Yokohama and embarked upon a mission to talk about their
experiences as survivors of the atomic bombings in various
countries around the world. This new arrangement of the Special
Communicators is the commitment the Prime Minister made last year
on August 6, the day of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima.

 

Prime Minister: Going forward, I would like to have atomic bomb victims represent Japan as, for example, 'Special Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons' who will spread messages about the horror and inhumanity of the use of nuclear weapons and the value of peace to the world in various international arenas.

 

Narration: About a month after this announcement was issued,
commissioning of atomic bomb victims as Special Communicators began.
Since then, already 17 Special Communicators have been fulfilling
the mission by talking about their experiences in various countries
and to VIPs visiting Japan.

 

Narration: This time, nine people were newly assigned. The oldest
one is Mr. Susumu Tsuboi. He is 82 years old. He was exposed to the
bomb at a factory in Hiroshima. His mother died at home and his
father also died young.

 

Mr. Tsuboi: My house was located in what is now the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima City. Everyone who was in the town at that time passed away. It was an unspeakable tragedy and I hope that I will be able to give a true picture of it.

 

Narration: This is the letter of commission Mr. Tsuboi received
from the government. Prime Minister Kan, who proposed this
initiative, was once engaged in the 10 Feet Campaign to make public
the film records of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
 

 

Prime Minister: I have made significant efforts with staff members of my office and of my colleagues' to screen the recordings of victims filmed immediately after the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Various scenes were recorded in the films, including people whose entire back had been burned. It was so real. I believe that the words spoken by actual victims are the most convincing and carry the reality.

 

Narration: Ms. Hiroko Sakaguchi is the youngest Special
Communicator aboard the ship this time. Also, she is the first
member of the second generation of atomic bomb victims to become
a Special Communicator.

 

Ms. Sakaguchi: The second generation of atomic bomb victims is affected through their parents' body by the after-effects of radiation of the bombings. As such, we have no less strong feelings about the bombings than direct survivors. I am so glad that I was assigned to be a Special Communicator and I am aware of the gravity of my responsibility, all the more so because I did not expect that the government would in fact pay attention to the second generation.

 

Prime Minister: Ultimately, the Special Communicators will represent a great progress of people, or humanity, when the world reaches the stage of abolishing nuclear weapons from all countries.

 

Narration: The nine Special Communicators tour the world aboard
a ship of Peaceboat, a non-governmental organization. Mr. Tsuboi
delivered an address on behalf of the delegation at the departure
ceremony.

 

Mr. Tsuboi: No more Hiroshima. No more Nagasaki.
That is my strong wish. I am determined to make utmost
efforts for the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

 

Prime Minister: The 26 Special Communicators for a World without
Nuclear Weapons, whose cooperation I requested, are visiting
various countries around the world to talk about their experiences
as survivors of the atomic bombings. Japan will continue to appeal
for the imperative of nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-
proliferation.

 

Prime Minister: Special Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons, I really appreciate your efforts you will make in talking about your experiences as survivors of the atomic bombings as you tour the world aboard a ship. You are about to carry out a truly significant and highly noble task. Please take care of yourself during the journey and return safe and healthy.

 

Narration: The ship carrying the nine Special Communicators will
arrive at the first port of call in Tahiti on February 5, where
they will start communication activities, fully-fledged, in the
countries of their visit. The round-the-world tour to appeal for
"a world without nuclear weapons" will continue until April 18.

 

"Farewell. I will return soon!"

 



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