Nihon Hidankyo releases statement strongly urging Japanese government to make efforts for nuclear abolition

Responding to the news that 25 nations and regions have now ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which is half the number of ratifying nations needed for the treaty to enter into force, the A-and H-bomb Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo) released a statement and sent it to the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on August 7. The nuclear weapons ban treaty completely prohibits any possession or use of nuclear weapons.

At a press conference that took place on August 6 after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima, Mr. Abe reaffirmed that Japan will not take part in the treaty. Nihon Hidankyo released its statement that evening. In the statement, the group strongly requests that the Japanese government take the initiative and make efforts, representing the only nation to have experienced a wartime atomic attack, to help realize a world without nuclear weapons.

(Originally published on August 8, 2019)