Michiko Kodama and Masako Wada, Assistant Secretary Generals, 
Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo)
Akira Kawasaki, International Steering Group member, 
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons 

The speech and Q & A will be in English and Japanese with English interpretation


The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force on 22 January. The treaty, which defines nuclear weapons as inhumane and bans their development, possession, and use, has been signed by 86 countries and ratified by 51. Yet the government of Japan - the only country to have experienced the use of nuclear weapons during wartime – is turning its back on the treaty. The hibakusha, who have for years testified about their experiences in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and called for the prohibition and abolition of nuclear weapons, welcome the fact that nuclear weapons will finally be outlawed under international law. More than 12 million people have signed the Hibakusha Appeal, the international petition for the eradication of nuclear weapons led by the survivors. 

On the same day, the Japan Confederation of A- and H-bomb Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo) will urge the Japanese government to sign and ratify the treaty. Nihon Hidankyo will come to the FCC to outline their request to the Japanese government and National Diet. In addition, a representative of ICAN, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for its contribution to the adoption of the TPNW, will comment on the impact and significance of the entry into force of the Treaty for Japan and the international community.

How to attend: 
Please register at with your name, name of media outlet, FCCJ membership number. Due to space restrictions, please note number of reservations will be limited to 20. Doors open at 10:30. Please sign in your name and contact details at the reception and to have your temperature taken before proceeding. 

How to watch online:  
Livestreaming of the press events will be available and video of this event will be uploaded to our FCCJ YouTube channel. 

How to ask questions:
Members watching the event online can submit questions for the speakers in advance using this submission form (English only).

TV crew: Please make a reservation at Doors open for TV crews only at 10:15. There will be five positions available for livestreaming. 

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