May 26, 2015

Disappointing NPT conference

Japan must seriously consider how it can fulfill its special responsibility as the sole victim of atomic bombings in the global efforts to reduce and eventually eliminate the dangers posed by nuclear weapons.

May 26, 2015

Japan to keep urging world leaders to visit Hiroshima, Nagasaki

Government officials said they will continue to seek support at international gatherings for Japan’s proposal that world leaders visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki after a U.N. nuclear disarmament conference ended last week without issuing a consensus document. During the month-long Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference ...

May 10, 2015

Offspring upholding hibakusha legacy

by Miya Tanaka

As aging hibakusha find it increasingly difficult to travel abroad to speak about the horrors of the nuclear attacks nearly 70 years ago, their children are stepping up efforts to follow in their footsteps. Toyoko Tasaki, 46, and Yukino Hirayama, 57, both living in ...

May 1, 2015

East Asia NGOs push for no-nukes zone to engage North Korea

Nongovernmental organizations from Japan, South Korea and Mongolia called on governments in Northeast Asia and elsewhere to push for the creation of a nuclear-weapons-free zone during a gathering at U.N. Headquarters on Thursday. In a joint statement, the NGOs and other organizations said the ...

May 1, 2015

Mayors for Peace renew commitment to abolish nuclear weapons

Thousands of cities worldwide united in the pursuit of a nuclear-free world renewed their commitment to work toward the abolition of nuclear weapons during a gathering Wednesday at the United Nations, where a nuclear disarmament conference is underway. At the outset of the gathering ...

Apr 28, 2015

Wary of China, Japan urges nuclear weapons info transparency

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called on nuclear-weapon states Monday to improve the transparency of information regarding their atomic arsenals, apparently wary of China’s buildup of its nuclear forces. At the start of U.N. conference in New York to review the operation of the Nuclear ...

Thousands rally for abolition of nukes as hibakusha ranks thin

Apr 27, 2015

Thousands rally for abolition of nukes as hibakusha ranks thin

Atomic bomb survivors from Japan and peace campaigners from around the world marched through the streets of New York on Sunday to push for the abolition of nuclear weapons on the eve of a U.N. nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation conference. Around 7,500 people carrying ...

As NPT review kicks off, New York rally demands end to nuclear weapons

Apr 27, 2015

As NPT review kicks off, New York rally demands end to nuclear weapons

Global activists presented 8 million petitions to the U.N. disarmament chief on Sunday demanding a world free of nuclear weapons, kicking off a conference by world powers to review progress toward eventually achieving total disarmament. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s foreign ...