A former mayor of Hiroshima has launched a web-based petition calling for a second of silence to be noticed through the Tokyo Olympics on the time the atomic bomb was dropped on his western Japan metropolis on Aug. 6.
Tadatoshi Akiba, 78, launched the Change.org marketing campaign on the day Worldwide Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach visited Hiroshima on July 16, amid opposition from some A-bomb survivors who stated the go to forward of the Tokyo Video games beginning Friday was politically motivated.
“He should not have any objections to how essential it’s to unfold the message of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the world,” Akiba stated, noting that Bach got here to Hiroshima despite the coronavirus pandemic and opposition from many individuals.
Tadatoshi Akiba. (Kyodo)
The petition proposes that athletes and other people from across the globe observe a second of silence at 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6 to recollect not solely those that perished within the atomic bombings of the 2 cities, however all victims of warfare.
The second of silence may even specific a dedication to creating world peace a actuality via the abolition of nuclear weapons.
With the Tokyo Olympics postponed by a 12 months as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the video games will end at some point earlier than Aug. 9, the day the atomic bomb fell on Nagasaki.
Akiba, who advocated for nuclear weapons to be abolished by 2020 on the Mayors for Peace, a company he headed throughout his time as mayor, introduced in 2009 his intention to collectively bid for this 12 months’s Summer season Olympics with Nagasaki to make it an occasion for that trigger.
He continued to pursue the bid, together with the potential for Hiroshima internet hosting the Olympics alone, till he stepped down in 2011.
“If we do not take motion on Aug. 6, which falls throughout video games, we do not have the precise to tout (the Olympics) as a pageant of peace. A silent prayer is the least we are able to do,” Akiba stated in an interview.
The final time Tokyo hosted the Olympics in 1964, Yoshinori Sakai, who was born in Hiroshima Prefecture the day the atomic bomb was dropped, served as the ultimate runner of the torch relay.
The web site for the net petition is at http://chng.it/NzVXF9csQS.