WASHINGTON (Kyodo) Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba said Wednesday that the will of the people will be a decisive factor in bringing about a nuclear-free world as called for by President Barack Obama last year.

At a reception for the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2010, which opened in Washington for a four-day session, Akiba asked mayors from across the country to join Hiroshima-based Mayors for Peace and express their determination to abolish nuclear weapons by 2020.

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