• Statement of Protest against Japanese Government's Refusal to Sign the NPT joint Statement on Nuclear Weapons(may 17, 2013)

    It has been 68 years since the human race experienced the horror of nuclear weapons, as two atomic bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Still, we have not succeeded to abolish this inhumane weapon.

    On 24th April 2013, during a preparatory conference for NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) in Geneva, more than 70 countries made a joint statement on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, stressing the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, and stating that it is "in the interest of the very survival of humanity that nuclear weapons are never used again, under any circumstances".

    Yet, the Government of Japan rejected the invitation to join this move. According to the Japanese Government, it does not agree that nuclear weapons should not be used "under any circumstances", because it is under the "nuclear umbrella" of the United States.

    The YWCA of Japan works with the people who survived the atomic bombs, and people who are suffering from the consequences of nuclear weapon testing and nuclear power businesses. We are deeply concerned by this attitude of the Japanese Government, which tramples on the feelings of these people. Therefore, we issued the following statement to protest the Japanese Government's rejection to sign the joint statement.

    However, we are encouraged by the International Conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Oslo, 4-5 March 2013, hosted by the Norwegian Government and attended by 127 countries, and the follow-up conference to be hosted by the Government of Mexico. We wish to continue advocating for peace with justice and a world without nuclear, and to work with our sisters around the world on this struggle.

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