A-bomb survivors group appeals to ambassadors from nuclear weapons states for total elimination

by Kohei Okata, Staff Writer

Several members of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-bomb Sufferers Organizations visited the Tokyo embassies of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and Pakistan on June 11 to call for greater efforts toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. All five countries are among those which possess nuclear weapons.

Terumi Tanaka, secretary general of the confederation, and others met with Ambassador Muhammad Jadmani at the Pakistani Embassy. They requested that the Pakistani government listen to testimonies of atomic bomb survivors and strive for the abolition of nuclear weapons, against the backdrop of rising international awareness of this goal. Ambassador Jadmani is said to have expressed his support for nuclear disarmament, stating, “All of the nations in possession of nuclear weapons should equally implement measures toward the abolition of such weapons.”

The four other countries reportedly also showed understanding in response to the request for pursuing nuclear abolition. Some members from the confederation will visit the Chinese Embassy on June 12. They are also asking the Indian Embassy to accept their visit.

(Originally published on June 12, 2009)