Hibakusha Appeal network gathers signatures in support of nuclear abolition

by Junji Akechi, Staff Writer

On January 18, members of the Hiroshima prefectural chapter of the Hibakusha Appeal network, consisting of seven Hiroshima A-bomb survivors’ groups, collected signatures in support of nuclear abolition on the Motoyasu Bridge located in Naka Ward, Hiroshima. The 29 people, including A-bomb survivors, who took part in the event appealed for the early entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Toshiyuki Mimaki, 76, the vice chair of the Hiroshima Prefectural Confederation of A-bomb Sufferers Organizations (Hiroshima Hidankyo, chaired by Sunao Tsuboi), Kunihiko Sakuma, 74, the chair of the other Hiroshima Hidankyo, and other participants stressed that the abolition of all nuclear weapons is the ultimate desire of all A-bomb survivors, and they appealed to park visitors from both Japan and abroad to support this cause by providing their signatures.

Tobi Nova, 43, a visitor from the U.S. state of Hawaii signed his name and said that the atomic bombings are a very dark part of history but we can make efforts to ensure that another nuclear attack will never take place again.

The Hibakusha Appeal network was established in March 2018 and is currently composed of 81 groups and individuals. They are seeking to collect 1.4 million signatures by 2020. They generally go out on the street to gather signatures every two months, and January 18 was their third signature drive. In just 30 minutes, they collected some 130 signatures.

(Originally published on January 19, 2019)