Peace Boat's Akira Kawasaki was honoured to receive the 33rd annual Kiyoshi Tanimoto Peace Prize in a ceremony in Hiroshima on Sunday, November 14. Attended by 100 parliament members, civil society leaders, media and Hibakusha, the ceremony featured a performance by a-bombed instruments.
Koko Kondo, daughter of Reverend Tanimoto and lifelong peace advocate, was also in attendance. Read more about the Peace Prize and the legacy of Reverend Tanimoto here.
In his keynote speech, Kawasaki highlighted: "It is now time to eliminate nuclear weapons. The end of these weapons has already begun. Yet, the government of Japan, the country which experienced the atomic bombings, continues to turn its back on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons," calling for action from new Prime Minister Kishida, elected from Hiroshima.