September 2, 2008

G-8 Lower House Speakers Pay Respects to A-Bomb Victims in Hiroshima

Hiroshima, Sept. 2 (Jiji Press)--Lower house speakers from the Group of Eight industrialized nations visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park Tuesday to pay tribute to the victims of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing.

They have gathered in this western Japan city to discuss peace and disarmament, the seventh summit of G-8 lower house speakers and the first to be hosted by Japan.

Joining the talks from the United States is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who became the highest ranking U.S. politician to visit Hiroshima while in office.

The speakers also visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, where they spoke with Akihiro Takahashi, 77, atomic bomb survivor and former director of the museum.

Takahashi told the speakers that he wants the United States and Russia, which together have 95 pct of the world's nuclear weapons, to become the first to commit to the elimination of nuclear arms.

After the G-8 speakers wind up their talks Tuesday evening, Yohei Kono, speaker of the Japanese House of Representatives, will meet the press to present a summary of the meeting.END

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