Yuko Gulda, 2008
Tadatoshi Akiba, 2009
Norbert Scheed, 2009
Gertraud Führer, 2009
Maher Nasser, 2009
Yukiya Amano, 2010
Ana Maria Cetto, 2010
Maher Nasser, 2010
Klaus Renolder, 2012
Yuko Gulda, 2013
Obituary Dr. Scheed, 2014
Péricles Gasparini, 2014
Thomas Muetzelburg, 2014
Yuko Gulda, 2014
Yuko Gulda, 2015
Yuko Gulda, 2016
Alissa Jachs, 2016
Ichitomo Taninai, 2016
Yuko Gulda, 2017

ichitomo taninai

Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to congratulate and express our sincere respect to those who have made tireless efforts over the years and again this year to hold this important event in Vienna with beautiful and insightful music performances and art exhibitions.

The atomic bomb awareness day to commemorate the use of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945 respectively vividly reminds the Vienna community of the increasing importance for us to work together to achieve our common goal of a world without nuclear weapons. We welcome this event that has helped raise our consciousness in this regard.

Second, let me emphasise that Japan, as the only country to have suffered from the use of atomic bombings during the war, will continue to make its tireless efforts to pass on the reality of the use of atomic bombings across borders and generations.

Following the priceless efforts of the Hibakusha for so many years, now the “Youth Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons” commissioned by the Japanese government are continuing the work to pass on the realities of the use of nuclear weapons and hopes of the affected communities and people toward the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

In this regard, I would like to bring to your attention the new permanent exhibition “Towards a World Free of Nuclear Weapons” here at the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) exhibition area on the 5th Floor of G-Building displaying artefacts from the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki along with posters and photos showing the devastation following the atomic bombings in August 1945 that was opened in November last year.

Ichitomo Taninai, Atomic Bomb Awareness Day 2015

Third, I would like to emphasize the importance of international cooperation and of steadily increasing the international commitments to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

This year, we have heard historical and important appeals from Hiroshima for a world without nuclear weapons. The G7 Foreign Ministers issued the Hiroshima Declaration on Disarmament in April and President Obama of the United States paid a historical visit to Hiroshima in May.

Japan continues to work with all countries in the world to promote realistic and practical measures for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation through, for instance, the submission of the general resolution on nuclear disarmament to the UN General Assembly and promotion of early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) as co-coordinator of the entry into force process together with Kazakhstan. Japan works together with civil societies to promote nuclear disarmament education.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
In the 71st year since the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I believe that this event will be one of the important milestones of our common endeavours in Vienna toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

Thank you for your kind attention.