Hiroshima organizations seek support for signature drive in pursuit of nuclear abolition

by Aya Kano, Staff Writer

On December 9, representatives of the Hiroshima chapter of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, the Hiroshima Congress Against A- and H-Bombs, and the Hiroshima branch of the National Council for Peace and Against Nuclear Weapons visited the Hiroshima Prefectural Government to see Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki and requested his support for their activities, including a campaign to collect 10 million signatures in support of nuclear abolition. These signatures will be submitted to the Japanese government and the United Nations in anticipation of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference to be held next year in the United States.

Yukio Itami, president of the Hiroshima chapter of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, handed the request to the governor. Mr. Yuzaki commented, "This is a very important issue. We will do what we can." The representatives of the three organizations visited Masao Hayashi, chair of the Hiroshima Prefectural Assembly, as well. They requested that a written statement calling on the government to seek nuclear abolition by 2020, which Mayors for Peace has advocated, should be approved at a regular meeting of the prefectural assembly that will begin on December 10.

(Originally published on December 10, 2009)