Good afternoon, ladies & gentlemen!
Welcome to the Genbaku No Hi ceremony. This August, we have gathered here again to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Genbaku No Hi ceremony in the United Nations in Vienna. This year, I would like to announce two pieces of good news and one sad news.
Mr. Norbert Scheed, District Mayor of the 22.Vienna District, has passed away all of sudden with age of 51.
He was a politician with amazing idealism and was filled with human integrity. His early and unexpected death is a huge loss for everybody who has known Norbert Scheed.
Also for me, he was the one who encouraged and supported my
project all the time through and suggested to place a Genbaku No Hi monument in the cherryblossom park in coming spring.
Norbert, now you have to watch it from the heaven!