Symposium discusses abolition of nuclear weapons

A group of young people, an atomic bomb survivor and Japanese Foreign Ministry officials discussed the abolition of nuclear weapons and security issues at a symposium in Tokyo on Sunday. The youth group called on the Japanese government to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The proposal was announced at the event that was held to coincide with the UN-designated International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

The annual symposium is organized by non-governmental organizations and the United Nations.

This year's event was mainly organized by a group of young people.

The group announced a set of proposals based on the opinions of young people.

It calls on the Japanese government to join the nuclear ban treaty that went into effect in January and send a message to the world as the only country to have suffered atomic bombings.

A Foreign Ministry official said the US nuclear deterrent is needed to protect the Japanese people, and officials hope to work on reducing the world's nuclear stockpiles based on the relations of trust with other countries.

Tanaka Terumi, co-chairperson of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, stressed the need for Japan to join the treaty. He said Japan will not be able to gain the confidence of other countries unless it breaks away from its dependence on the US.

A representative for young people called for a broader perspective, saying it's important to consider protecting not only the people of Japan but everyone around the world.

One of the organizers of the event, Takahashi Yuta, is a university student. He said more opportunities for discussion would facilitate the elimination of nuclear weapons, and he thinks the discussion of their proposals is a step forward.