Nihon Hidankyo’s statement calls for prompt entry into force of Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo), a Tokyo-based organization, issued a statement on February 13 urging the world’s nations to promptly bring the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons into effect. This statement was issued in light of current conditions in which the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and Russia may be terminated.

Issued under the name of Terumi Tanaka, the co-chair of Nihon Hidankyo, the statement says that if a nuclear arms race should lead to a nuclear war, there would be no winners or losers because the human race itself would be extinguished. This reflects the group’s concern over the possible abrogation of the INF Treaty.

The statement also says that the non-nuclear weapon states and civil society must move swiftly to bring the nuclear weapons ban treaty into effect and encourage the nuclear weapon states and their allies to sign the treaty. It urged the Japanese government to support the treaty and move forward along with countries around the world from banning nuclear weapons to eliminating them.

The statement was faxed to the embassies of the United States and Russia in Japan on the same day.

(Originally published on February 14, 2019)