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UN Chief begins Japan visit

08-04-2010 16:01 BJT

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Tokyo before he visits Hiroshima to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing.

I hope that you, the younger generations of Japan, will carry the torch that your parents and grandparents have lit, and become leaders of disarmament,
'I hope that you, the younger generations of Japan, will carry the 
torch that your parents and grandparents have lit, and become leaders 
of disarmament,' Dr Ban said in a speech at Waseda University. PHOTO: AFP
Ban Ki-moon will be the first U.N. chief to attend the annual peace memorial ceremony to remember the first nuclear bomb dropped on civilians.

After meeting Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada in Tokyo, Ban Ki-moon says his visit will send a strong message to the world.

"I will visit Nagasaki and Hiroshima to send a very important and strong message to the world that the nuclear threat is real and that we must do everything we can to build on the current global moment towards the nuclear weapon-free world."

The UN chief will also meet Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and atomic bomb survivors in Nagasaki before he marks the peace memorial in Hiroshima.

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