Nagasaki hosts second World Conference Against A & H Bombs

by Masakazu Domen, Staff Writer

The Japan Council Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs opened its 2008 World Conference in Nagasaki on August 8 with overseas guests in an International Exchange Forum. Meanwhile, the World Conference Against A & H Bombs in Nagasaki, held by the Japan Congress Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the atomic bombing, deepened its discussions in a variety of sub-committee meetings on its second day. 

The Japan Council conference was held at Nakabe Hall on the Nagasaki University campus, with approximately 400 people in attendance. Mayor of Nagasaki Tomihisa Taue addressed the participants by saying, “I am committed to promoting unity among the cities of the world for nuclear weapons abolition, pressing governments to change their policies.”

At the International Exchange Forum discussion by the five delegates from four countries and one region, the vice-chair of the Vietnam Peace Committee stressed, “Our starting point should be remembering the horror of war. We must never forget the destruction wrought by the atomic bombings and by defoliant.”

  At the same time, the Japan Congress conference held its second day of sub-committee meetings at various sites in the city. The security policies of Japan and other issues were discussed at a sub-committee meeting entitled “Peace and Nuclear Disarmament 2.” One proposal made during the discussion involved “taking a good look at the present situation of the A-bombed cities, which are supposed to transmit peace,” on the grounds that the Maritime Self Defense Force’s Aegis destroyer, which collided with a fishing boat in February 2008, had been built in Nagasaki.

  (Originally published on August 9, 2008)

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