A-bomb survivors send request regarding ICNND to prime minister

by Uzaemonnaotsuka Tokai, Staff Writer

On October 2, seven organizations of atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha) in Hiroshima sent requests regarding the international committee known as the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND) to several people, including Yoriko Kawaguchi, co-chair of the ICNND and former Japanese foreign minister, and incumbent Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. The ICNND will hold its final meeting in Hiroshima from October 17.

The news that Japanese commission members, in their discussions at the ICNND, have taken a stance of upholding nuclear deterrence is viewed as a problem in the requests. The requests call for the fervent desire of hibakusha that "nuclear weapons be eliminated while we are alive" to be reflected in the ICNND report to be compiled within this year.

On October 2, representatives of the two factions of the Hiroshima Prefectural Confederation of A-bomb Sufferers Organizations and the Council of Atom-bombed Koreans in Hiroshima, out of the seven hibakusha organizations, held a news conference at Hiroshima City Hall and contended: "The contradiction between the argument that we should abolish nuclear weapons and the act of relying on nuclear weapons is unacceptable." The seven organizations sent the request to Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada as well.

(Originally published on October 3, 2009)

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