Illustrated book on the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol is published

by Uzaemonnaotsuka Tokai, Staff Writer

An illustrated book about the “Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol,” a roadmap designed to abolish nuclear weapons by the year 2020, was published on July 30. A citizens’ group called the “Yes! Campaign,” with volunteers and experts from Hiroshima, conceived the project as a means of promoting the protocol. Seitaro Kuroda, 70, a well-known artist and devoted peace advocate, created the illustrations for the book.

The book includes an illustration of a mushroom cloud crossed by two band-aids, symbolizing the idea of nuclear abolition. Along with the illustrations, the book contains wishes for peace in both Japanese and English.

The protocol, originally written in English, includes difficult terminology, but the Japanese translation for the book uses language that is easy to understand.

A message from Tadao Ando, 67, a renowned architect and a friend of Mr. Kuroda, is found on the front cover. The message says: “Live fully, as long as we may.”

The 60-page book in A5 size is sold at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and other places for 500 yen. The “Yes! Campaign” will also accept purchase requests through its website starting in late August.

The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol was proposed by Mayors for Peace, chaired by Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba. The “Yes! Campaign,” with Maeko Nobumoto serving as secretary general, will launch its “Caravan Team” program in mid-August as well. The team members, including A-bomb survivors, are committed to appealing to the general public about the significance of the protocol. They hope that the support of ordinary citizens will help generate momentum so the protocol can be adopted at the review conference for the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) to be held in May 2010.

(Originally published on July 31, 2009)

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