Petition appeals for nuclear abolition, eyeing 2010 NPT conference

by Osamu Kido, Staff Writer

In conjunction with the United Nations Disarmament Week, held October 24~30, the Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs of Hiroshima Prefecture and its affiliate in Hiroshima City collected signatures near the A-bomb Dome for a petition appealing for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The signatures will be delivered to the NPT Review Conference slated for the spring of 2010.

Twelve members from both Councils took part in the effort. Yasuo Nakamoto, executive director of the Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs of Hiroshima City asked passersby, through a loudspeaker, to provide their support, saying, “Prominent U.S. figures, such as Henry Kissinger, are now calling for a world free of nuclear weapons. We need to build greater momentum for nuclear abolition.” Within an hour, about 180 signatures were collected.

The petition, proposed by the Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs, urges governments around the world to conclude a Nuclear Weapons Convention. They seek to collect 12 million signatures in Japan before submitting them to the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

(Originally published on October 27, 2008)

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