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Message at the Atomic Bomb Exhibition in Botucatu,Brazil (August 2,2011)

Message from the Mayor of Hiroshima

I am Matsui Kazumi, Mayor of Hiroshima. I am honored to offer a brief greeting on the occasion of this atomic bomb exhibition in Botucatu, Brazil.

On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb reduced Hiroshima to ashes. By the end of that year, about 140,000 people had lost their precious lives. The pain inflicted on the citizens of Hiroshima is simply indescribable—their beloved hometown obliterated, family and friends lost forever.

With our hibakusha aging and many of them still suffering from the aftereffects of radiation, I am determined to have their experiences and strong desire for peace absorbed and wholeheartedly accepted by future generations and to have the desire for peace spread throughout the world. I am convinced that disseminating thehibakusha message will eventually lead to the realization of their most cherished wish, the abolition of nuclear weapons.

In this sense, your month-long exhibition beginning today is profoundly significant. It is precisely an effort to disseminate the hibakusha message in a city far from Hiroshima. I understand that the exhibition is the outcome of exchanges in various fields, including peace, between the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association and the Paulista Medical Association, following the establishment of their sister relationship in 2008. I am deeply respectful of the strong bond that has produced this event and offer my sincere gratitude to everyone involved.

Through this exhibition, I hope all of you will come to see that nuclear weapons are weapons of mass destruction that threaten the very existence of humankind. I hope as well that you will join us in working to create a peaceful world free of nuclear weapons to ensure that we never repeat the mistake of resorting to such weapons.

It is important to raise public awareness at the city level to put pressure on the leaders of nuclear-armed states to form the political will to eliminate nuclear weapons. To this end, the City of Hiroshima, together with Mayors for Peace member cities, their citizens and related NGOs, has been promoting the 2020 Vision Campaign for the total elimination of nuclear weapons by 2020. We are greatly encouraged that Botucatu shares our desire for a nuclear-weapon-free world and will now join Mayors for Peace. I offer my sincere appreciation to Mayor Joao Cury Neto and all who have contributed to this achievement.

I ask each of you now to make Hiroshima’s wish your own. Please support the Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign and strive with us toward lasting world peace for humankind.

In closing, I offer my warmest wishes for the success of the A-bomb exhibition as well as good health and prosperity for everyone in attendance. Thank you.

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