Peace oath to be delivered live in English

JIJI

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui will read this year’s Hiroshima Peace Declaration in English on Monday night and the municipal government of the city will stream the event live on the Internet.

After issuing the declaration in Japanese to mark the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city on Aug. 6, 1945, Matsui will start reading it in English at 10:15 p.m.

The bomb was dropped at 8:15 a.m.

The Internet broadcast, chiefly targeted at American viewers, is aimed at arousing international support for the elimination of nuclear weapons, Hiroshima officials said, adding that the city will stream live an English peace declaration for the fourth consecutive year.

Matsui will call for the elimination of nuclear weapons and lasting peace against the backdrop of the A-Bomb Dome, the remnants of the building that stood closest to the center of the nuclear blast.