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The Japan Times July 18, 2005

The Japan Times

Activists set out on 2,500-km walk to Trinity test site

SAN FRANCISCO (Kyodo)

Antinuclear activists, including monks, a Japanese lawmaker and an American film star, gathered for the start of a one-month rally against nuclear weapons on Saturday, the 60th anniversary of the world's first nuclear test in the United States.

The activists, mainly from Japan and the United States, plan to march 2,500 km in three groups relaying the Hiroshima Peace Flame, a flame preserved from the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of Hiroshima, to Trinity Site in New Mexico, where the United States conducted the first nuclear test July 16, 1945.

A ceremony to mark the start of the peace march was attended by some 100 people. A man who was 8 when Hiroshima was attacked recalled how the atomic bomb killed his parents and brothers. It later prompted him to attempt suicide at the age of 16.

"I came to the U.S. for revenge," the man said. "But now I'm working as a messenger for peace."
Taking part in the march are Shokichi Kina, a House of Councilors member from the Democratic Party of Japan, and American film actor Steven Seagal.

The Japan Times: July 18, 2005
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