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October 2013

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Tuesday, October 1
 Mr. Dietrich Hahn, Grandson of Nobel Laureate Otto Hahn

Mr. Dietrich Hahn, Grandson of Nobel Laureate Otto HahnMr. Dietrich Hahn, grandson of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Professor Otto Hahn, who discovered nuclear fission, paid a visit to Mayor Matsui. Mr. Hahn is also the founder of the Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold, an accolade awarded to individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to peace and international understanding, and has visited Hiroshima to carry out lectures at universities and other events.

Mayor Matsui said: “Scientific progress can bring calamity to mankind, however there is a necessity to continue to draw from human knowledge in order to bring out the good side of things.” He also requested a strengthening of solidarity towards the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Mr. Hahn spoke of his grandfather’s shock at the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and his efforts towards nuclear weapons abolition, as well as stating his wish to cooperate with the enlargement of Mayors for Peace, which he considers a personal duty.

 [Peace Promotion Division, Citizens Affairs Bureau]


Monday, October 7
Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Republic of Kosovo

Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Republic of KosovoProf. Dr. Ramë Buja, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Republic of Kosovo visited Hiroshima and met with Mayor Matsui in a courtesy call.

Minister Buja visited Hiroshima in order to present a peace stone to the city in return for the Stone for Peace donated to Kosovo by the Stone for Peace Association of Hiroshima in May of this year. The pedestal bears the inscription: “Presentation of this stone expresses our tireless determination to build a world free from violence.” Mayor Matsui said: “We will treasure this stone, which is the crystallized form of prayers for peace,” as well as asking for Minister Buja’s cooperation towards encouraging more cities from the Republic of Kosovo to join Mayors for Peace.

Minister Buja expressed his gratitude for Japan’s support for Kosovo, which has a short history as an independent nation since 2008, and also said “I am very happy to be able to present this stone from Kosovo to Hiroshima, which aims for the establishment of world peace.”

Before the meeting, the delegation visited the Peace Memorial Museum and laid flowers at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims.  

[International Relations Division, Citizens Affairs Bureau]


Tuesday, October 8
Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the El Sistema Youth Orchestra

Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the El Sistema Youth OrchestraA delegation consisting of H.E. Mr. Seiko Luis Ishikawa, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and the El Sistema Youth Orchestra along with pianist Mami Hagiwara, visited Mayor Matsui on the occasion of a performance by the orchestra in Hiroshima to celebrate 75 years of Japanese-Venezuelan diplomatic relations.

The Ambassador said: “Coming to Hiroshima is very significant for me, and I am very happy that this performance is being held in this city of peace. I want the young people of Venezuela to understand the importance of peace and transmit it to the next generation.”

Mayor Matsui said: “I think there are three factors that people must possess to realize everlasting world peace: the bravery to overcome years of bitterness, the will to cast away the desire for revenge, and the determination to carry out reconciliation. Furthermore, I offer my thanks for holding this performance in Hiroshima. I would like to ask for your cooperation so that the many-faceted links between Hiroshima and Venezuela will grow stronger.”

[Cultural Promotion Division, Citizens Affairs Bureau]


Thursday, October 31
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European UnionMs. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union, visited Hiroshima and met with Mayor Matsui.

Mayor Matsui, quoting from the preamble to the UNESCO Constitution, said: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed.” He conveyed his respect to High Representative Ashton as embodying the ideal of an intermediary in war-torn regions of the world.

High Representative Ashton revealed her message in the guest book of the Peace Memorial Museum, which stated: “It falls to this generation and all those that follow to ensure that (Hiroshima and Nagasaki) are the last.” High Representative Ashton complimented Hiroshima for its continual efforts to spread a message of peace.

Prior to the meeting, High Representative Ashton visited the Peace Memorial Museum and laid flowers at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims.

[International Relations Division, Citizens Affairs Bureau]


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