G7 Foreign Ministers Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Lay a Wreath at Cenotaph for Atomic Bomb Victims
April 11, 2016
On April 11, Foreign Minister Kishida and the other G7 Foreign Ministers, who are visiting Hiroshima Prefecture to attend the G7 Hiroshima Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum located in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture and laid a wreath at the Cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb Victims.
At the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Minister Kishida explained the reality of the atomic bombing to the G7 Foreign Ministers. The visit was concluded with the signing of the guest book by the G7 Foreign Ministers.
Following this visit, Minister Kishida and the other G7 Foreign Ministers visited the Cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb Victims, where they received a warm welcome by local Hiroshima City elementary school students and laid a wreath at the Cenotaph. Afterwards, by Secretary Kerry’s proposal, Minister Kishida and the other G7 Foreign Ministers made an impromptu visit to the Atomic Bomb Dome.
This was the first visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park by all the G7 Foreign Ministers, including nuclear-weapon States, and was extremely important to foster international momentum toward the realization of a world free of nuclear weapons.