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"BAN NUKES!" : One thousand of candles were lit in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome on the night before the opening of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates appealing the ban of nuclear weapons (2010). Citizen's groups hoping for the "nuclear-free world" held a dialogue meeting there.

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons...Possession and Use of Nuclear Weapons ought to be a Crime against Humanity

Change in Administration Reveals a "Secret Nuclear Accord between Japan and the United States"

In 2009, with the change in administration in Japan, a secret diplomatic accord regarding nuclear signed between Japan and the United States was revealed. Hailed as being "nuclear-free, mainland status," Okinawa was returned to Japan in 1972; however, behind the scenes, an "accord" was exchanged between the leaders of Japan and the United States that allowed to bring nuclear weapons back into Okinawa in cases of contingencies. A secret messenger to the then Prime Minister Sato was an academic of international politics, Kei Wakaizumi, who wrote the draft of the secret accord. In his 1994 book "Tasaku nakarishio shinzemuto hossu (The Best Course Available: A Personal Account of the Secret U.S.-Japan Okinawa Reversion Negotiations)", Wakaizumi exposed the secret negotiations and passed away two years later. We looked into the sources and the deeper aspects of the creation of Japan's Three Non-Nuclear Principles during the Cold War era.
*NHK Special "Secret Messenger Kei Wakaizumi The price of Okinawa's return to Japan"

The Sato-Nixon Meeting that Decided on the Return of Okinawa

The Sato-Nixon Meeting that Decided on the Return of Okinawa

The Roadmap to Nuclear Abolition - Abolishing Nuclear during Our Times is just a Dream?

Kissinger had said that the nuclear proliferation era is not as stable as the Cold War era. "Will… the world be as fortunate in the next 50 years as it was during the Cold War?" President Obama admitted that nuclear abolishment may not be attained in his lifetime.

President Obama also said, "Just as we stood for freedom in the 20th century, we must stand together for the right of people everywhere to live free from fear in the 21st century." Canaries were once used in coalmines to alert coalminers of toxic gas leaks. For over 60 years, we have had on this earth, victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who experienced the atrocious sufferings of nuclear weapons. They have been calling desperately for nuclear abolition. And in 2011, the accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station have made hundreds and thousands of people directly conscious of the threat of radiation. They are calling for the other fear of nuclear power.

While it is common consensus in the United States that the atomic bombs were justifiable to end the war quickly, some citizens had been warning the dangers of nuclear from an early stage. U.S. Congresswoman E.H. Norton from Washington, D.C. introduced the Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion bill to the U.S. Congress in April this year. She has been submitting this bill every year since 1994. This is in reflection to the result of the ballot of 1993 in which 56% of voters of Washington, D.C. called for nuclear disarmament. Although the bill has not been respected in Congress, co-sponsoring congressmen and many citizens and NPOs have come to join her initiative. The people in the United States may one day realize that her vision, courage and patience were the coalminers' canary that kept singing an early warning of the leaking of invisible toxic gas.

President of Nuclear Age Peace Foundation D. Krieger says, "We divide ourselves into national tribes and identify with our own tribe while demonizing ‘the other’. We need to be more global in our thinking. We need to think as members of the human species, not as members of a national tribe.

Is nuclear abolition a dream or a goal? Citizens of the world have the right to live in a world, space and time free from the dangers of nuclear. Being the only surviving country of nuclear weapons, the people of Japan must act as "global citizens" who know the real dangers of nuclear and keep on advocating its atrocity to the world; "The world cannot coexist with nuclear weapons. Use of nuclear weapons is illegal."

More and more people around the world are calling for the establishment of a "roadmap to nuclear abolition" and a "Nuclear Abolition Treaty." "Nuclear weapons must be eliminated from earth" - this is an ardent wish of the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who've seen and experienced the horrors of nuclear weapon.



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