The Nagasaki city government will condemn the central government in its annual ceremony in August for not joining a group of countries endorsing a statement against the use of nuclear weapons, its draft message said Saturday.
In the message to be read Aug. 9 for the 68th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombing of the city, Mayor Tomihisa Taue will say Tokyo's stance "even looked as if it was justifying the use of nuclear weapons," according to the draft.
Japan did not endorse the statement announced at April's preparatory committee for the next Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review meeting, which urges that nuclear weapons never be used under any circumstances. Nagasaki plans to finalize the message by July 31 at a committee comprising the mayor, bomb survivors and others.
The draft also lists nine countries that possess nuclear arms and demands they reduce their nuclear arsenals, urging them to respond sincerely to the voices of survivors, called hibakusha, as it notes Japan is the country to have been attacked with nuclear weapons.