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Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 15:00 - 16:00

Nobel Peace Prize 2017: ICAN

Language: The speech and Q&A will be in English

(Two Hibakushas will speak in Japanese with English interpretation)

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), at a time when concerns have been rising in response to North Korea's enhancing nuclear capability and aggressive rhetoric by the U.S. President Donald Tramp.

The lobbying by ICAN, the international coalition of hundreds of non-government organizations across the world, in July led the UN to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that aims to ban and eventually phase out the nuclear weapons. More than 50 countries have signed so far, but none of the nine nuclear states, such as the US and the UK, have endorsed it.

There have been similar treaties in the past, such as the Non-proliferation Treaty or the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, but the momentum to achieve a world without nuclear weapons has been stalled largely due to the rift between "haves" and "have nots."

While the nuclear powers have no intention to give up their nuclear weapons and countries like the US and Russia push to modernize their arsenal, North Korea continues to develop its nuclear capability with numerous nuclear and missile tests.

Despite being the only country to experience an A-bomb detonation, Japan did not take part in the prohibition treaty negotiations, largely due to its position under the American nuclear umbrella. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said that it will not sign the treaty as its approach to the non-nuclear world is different. Tokyo has been saying that it's important to bridge the gap between the nuclear powers and non-nuclear powers.

But winning the Nobel Peace Prize is a big step forward for Hibakusha and Peace Boat, which has been part of ICAN and its leadership since the start.

The Club is inviting Akira Kawasaki, Peace Boat Executive Committee Member and ICAN International Steering Group Member, and two hibakushas (A-bomb survivors) to talk about Japan's responsibility to achieve a nuclear-free world and how the world can leverage on this momentum.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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Akira kawasaki              Terumi Tanaka           Sueichi Kido

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