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.
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