A - Bomb Sufferers Urge Japan To Join Treaty

A-bomb sufferers urge Japan to join treaty

Survivors of the 1945 atomic-bombings in Japan have adopted a statement calling for the government to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted by the United Nations in July.

Nihon Hidankyo, or the Japan Confederation of Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Sufferers Organizations, ended a 2-day meeting in Tokyo on Thursday. About 80 people from 29 prefectures, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki, attended.

Participants agreed they are angry that the government of Japan, the only country to have experienced atomic-bombings, is opposing the treaty.

Some members said survivors need to actively call on their children and grandchildren to join their anti-nuclear weapons efforts. The number of survivors engaged in such activities is declining.

Other members said survivors should cooperate more with other groups, such as the non-governmental International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. ICAN won this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Nihon Hidankyo plans to gather signatures from hundreds of millions of people around the world by 2020 to push all countries, including Japan, to sign the treaty.

The group's co-chairperson, Terumi Tanaka, said he wants many people to understand that the idea of ensuring safety with nuclear weapons is wrong. He added survivors will work with many young people to mount efforts to eliminate nuclear arms.