Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen
Welcome to the 2017 8.8 Genbaku no Hi event at UN Vienna.
Today, I would like to offer a personal message.
Year by year the world situation is getting worse than ever; wars, natural disasters, the rise of so many governments run by dictators. Perhaps greed and the world economy are the main causes of many of these cruel situations.
Moreover, today's distracting technology is amazing and engaging, but what we really need to pay more attention to than anything else is just “to live”.
"To live," we need air, water and unpolluted earth. I believe the preservation of the natural world is the most important thing we need to live well. It is this nature, along with its plants and creatures besides our own specie that presides over the god or gods of any religion.
For a few years now, I’ve been inviting young people to take over this event. What I’ve done has actually been for their wellbeing and for the generations after theirs. Since the world will belong to these generations, they are responsible for insuring it’s better place than we've left them.
So, today will be the last Genbaku no Hi at the UN Vienna.