Hiroshima pursues action plan for the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol

by Uzaemonnaotsuka Tokai, Staff Writer

On November 6, the City of Hiroshima finalized its action plan for the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference to be held in May 2010. The plan aims to have the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol, which provides a road map to realize nuclear abolition by the year 2020, adopted at the conference. In order to achieve this objective, the plan seeks to secure a nation to sponsor the protocol while cultivating international support for the idea.

The action plan is comprised of six main measures which include: urging the government of Japan and governments abroad to sponsor the protocol; promoting the Obamajority Campaign in support of U.S. President Barack Obama's vision of "a world without nuclear weapons"; increasing the number of member cities of Mayors for Peace to 5,000 from the current 3,200; and including the voices of children in its promotional activities.

With regard to including the voices of children, the plan intends to pursue such efforts as encouraging local high school students to write letters to President Obama in their English classes after studying the speech President Obama made in Prague this past April. In the speech, President Obama declared his desire to eliminate nuclear weapons from the world.

The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol requires a sponsor nation in order to be deliberated at the NPT Review Conference. The stance of Japan's Hatoyama administration with regard to the protocol is now the subject of attention.

The City of Hiroshima finalized its action plan at a meeting of senior officials. Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba urged the officials to "implement the plan with the support of workers of all city divisions, alongside the growing momentum within the international community for the abolition of nuclear weapons."

(Originally published on November 7, 2009)

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