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Address by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi at the Hiroshima Memorial Service for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

(Provisional Translation)

Here today, on the occasion of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, I reverently pay sincere tribute to the souls of the atomic bomb victims.

Furthermore, I express my heartfelt sympathy for those suffering from the after-effects of the atomic bomb. I will continue to work sincerely to promote support measures, including provision of assistance to atomic bomb victims living abroad, while accurately taking into account the reality of the aging victims of the atomic bomb.

As the only nation in human history to be bombed with atomic weapons, Japan will continue to comply with its Peace Constitution and firmly maintain the Three Non-Nuclear Principles, with its strong commitment not to repeat the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan will lead the international community to promote international efforts for nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation and devote itself to abolish nuclear weapons.

After the war, Hiroshima witnessed great development as an international city of peace and culture. I would like to express my heartfelt respect to the countless people who consistently poured their energies into the reconstruction of Hiroshima. The desire of the citizens of Hiroshima in their post-war efforts towards the realization of world peace has reached and grasped the hearts of the people of the world, together with the image of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome), which has been included in the World Heritage List as a Cultural Heritage site to serve as a testimony of history. I strongly believe that Hiroshima will continue to develop as a symbol of world peace and as a city that attracts people who are pursuing peace.

I would like to conclude my address by offering my heartfelt prayer for the repose of the atomic bomb victims' souls and my best wishes for the future to the atomic bomb survivors and the bereaved families, and for the further prosperity of the City of Hiroshima.

August 6, 2005
Junichiro Koizumi
Prime Minister of Japan