Atomic bomb survivor arrives in Japan to send message to G7 leaders in Hiroshima

A long-time anti-nuclear activist who survived the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima has called on the Group of Seven leaders to have serious discussions on nuclear issues at the G7 summit to be held in the city.

Setsuko Thurlow, who now lives in Canada, arrived in Japan on Tuesday. She last visited Japan four years ago.

She plans to hold a news conference in Hiroshima to deliver a nuclear abolition message when the G7 leaders are holding the summit.

Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are expected to be high on the summit's agenda that will open on May 19.

Thurlow told NHK that she hopes the leaders who come to Hiroshima will pray for the souls of victims, and seriously discuss nuclear issues and make a good decision.

She said she and other survivors of the atomic bombing have waited for this moment for 78 years.

Thurlow is scheduled to attend an event at Kwansei Gakuin University and deliver a speech to students on Wednesday. She also plans to attend an event at Hiroshima Jogakuin University, her alma mater.

Thurlow was exposed to the fallout of the atomic bomb about 1.8 kilometers from ground zero in Hiroshima when she was 13.

The 91-year-old has advocated for the abolition of nuclear weapons around the world for more than 50 years.

When the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017, she delivered a speech at the ceremony.