A-bomb survivor sends letter to Kishida

Setsuko Thurlow, an atomic-bomb survivor living in Canada, says she sent a letter to newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio to urge the country to join the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

In 2017, Thurlow delivered a speech at the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN. In the speech, she referred to her nephew who was killed in the atomic bombing on Hiroshima in 1945.

In the letter to the new Japanese prime minister, she disclosed that the nephew was Kishida Eiji, a relative of the prime minister.

The letter says his death and those of many others should not be wasted.

It also says that if Japan joins the treaty, it will bring about ripple effects in the entire world and even put pressure on nuclear-armed nations. It asks, if the prime minister, whose constituency is in Hiroshima does not decide to sign, who else would?

Thurlow called on the Japanese government to make clear that the abolition of nuclear weapons is a top priority and seek to join the pact. She also called on the government to take part as an observer in a conference of the parties to the treaty scheduled for March.