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The new president of the Hiroshima Peace Institute on Wednesday met representatives from seven groups representing victims of the August 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima to exchange views on peace.

It was the first time Haruhiro Fukui, 66, has met survivors of the atomic bombing since the commentator on international politics assumed the presidency on April 1.

“Movements to convey the experiences of the bombing have surely had a significant impact on public opinion in the world as well as on Japanese pacifism,” Fukui told representatives of the groups, based in Hiroshima Prefecture.

“Clarifying the effects (of the movements) is part of my mission and I hope to deliver results, which will be evaluated in the long-term.”

Lee Sil Gun, president of the Council of Atom-Bombed Koreans in Hiroshima Prefecture, called on Fukui to demonstrate what the institute can do to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The position of institute president was vacant for about two years after Fukui’s predecessor, Yasushi Akashi, resigned in February 1999 to run in the Tokyo gubernatorial election.

The institute is a research center affiliated with Hiroshima City University.

It was established in 1998 to contribute to world peace in the city of Hiroshima, the target of an atomic bomb at the end of World War II.

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