Hibakusha comment on Zelenskyy's visit to Hiroshima

Survivors of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima commented on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's visit to the city.

Mimaki Toshiyuki who heads a group of survivors in Hiroshima said, while he wants to welcome President Zelenskyy's visit, he also worries that the war between Russia and Ukraine may escalate if the president asks for "more support" from the G7 nations.

Tanaka Toshiko, an atomic bomb survivor who spoke about her experience at universities in the United States before the summit, said that if President Zelenskyy asks the G7 countries to expand military spending or to send weapons, it will be difficult for her to accept it as a citizen of Hiroshima.

She said it would be highly meaningful if the leaders in Hiroshima lay the groundwork for talks to end the war and change direction.

Ogura Keiko, who met the G7 leaders during their visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, said she wants them to have a thorough discussion and end the war through diplomatic means as soon as possible.

She stressed that she hopes the violence will not escalate as G7 nations provide more weapons to Ukraine.