Hibakusha exchange views with global participants of nuclear weapons ban meeting

A Japanese atomic bomb survivor, or hibakusha, and a descendant of hibakusha are exchanging views with participants in the first meeting of the states that are party to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

They are in Vienna, Austria, ahead of the meeting, which will start on Tuesday.

Miyata Takashi, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and Seto Mayu, whose grandmother was exposed to the bomb explosion in Hiroshima, were there to talk with participants from around the world.

On Saturday, they stationed themselves at the entrance of a venue where an event related to formal meetings was taking place.

Miyata was wearing a jacket with a message written in English saying "I am a hibakusha from Nagasaki. Ask me anything."

He talked about his experiences and the importance of prohibiting of nuclear weapons, while Seto translated for him.

Miyata talked with more than 10 participants in less than an hour.

One of them, who is from the United Kingdom, asked what his country can do to help hibakusha.

Miyata replied that he wants the UK to lead a peace movement together with Japan.

Miyata is invited to share his experiences as a hibakusha at some events during the conference. He also plans to spend time talking to other participants to promote the movement to ban nuclear weapons.