2004 World Conference against A & H
Resolution of Hiroshima
Appeal from Hiroshima
August 7, 2004
In Hiroshima where the call for banning nuclear weapons arose from
the tragedy of the atomic bombing and has spread out all over the
world, we pledged to make great strides in building up the movement
for the abolition of nuclear weapons. While facing the increasing
threat of war and use of nuclear weapons, the world sees the development
of peoplefs public opinion and movement called the gsecond superpowerh,
which broaden the prospects for peace.
Representatives of the governments of the Non-Aligned Movement
and New Agenda Coalition joined the representatives of anti-nuclear
peace movements from Japan and the world in the international meeting
of the 2004 World Conference against A & H Bombs. The meeting
proposed to make the year 2005, the 60th anniversary of the atomic
bombing with the NPT Review Conference to be held in May, a year
of international action to achieve a decisive turn toward liberating
humanity from the horror of nuclear weapons. Let us expand our movement
in every corner of the Japanese archipelago to live up to the expectations
for a movement of the A-bombed country.
1. Toward the NPT Review Conference to be held in May 2005, let
us build up overwhelming public opinion and movement demanding for
the implementation of the gunequivocal undertakingsh made at the
2000 NPT Review Conference by the nuclear weapons states to abolish
their nuclear arsenals. For this, we need to carry out a massive
campaign in communities, work places and schools all over Japan
to collect signatures in support of the call: gAbolish Nuclear Weapons
Now!h uniting broader sections of the people on their common desire
for peace and eradication of nuclear weapons.
Towards the 2005 NPT Review Conference, let us stage many creative
actions, including a major action in New York on May 1, proposed
by the World Conference of Mayors for Peace, including the mayors
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; joint presentation of signatures by Japan
and other countries and an international peace march. Let us urge
every local government to respond to the proposal of the Mayors
Let us demand that all the governments including those of the nuclear
weapon states to vote in favor of the resolutions that call for
the elimination of nuclear weapons in the coming session of the
UN General Assembly and make every effort to start negotiations
on an international agreement for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Let us call on the U.S. government to abandon its plan to use and
develop nuclear weapons.
2. Let us demand that the Japanese government take lead in the
effort for the abolition of nuclear weapons, playing an active role
as the government of the A-bomb country. Let us further urge the
government to strictly observe the Three Non-Nuclear Principles,
enshrine them into law, and get rid of the gnuclear umbrella.h
We must stop all attempts to revise the Constitution, which aim
to enable Japan to participate in U.S. initiated wars based on the
gpreemptive strikeh strategy, which includes the use of nuclear
weapons. Let us bring together the anti-nuclear peace sentiment
of the Japanese public, develop cooperation between broad sections
of people, and defend Article 9 of the Constitution.
We demand the immediate withdrawal of the Japanese Self-Defense
Forces troops from Iraq and prevent the concretization of the contingency
laws. Let us oppose the reorganization and buildup plan of U.S.
military bases in Japan that aims to turn Japan into a nuclear sortie
base of global scale, which includes the construction of a new U.S.
military base in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, and the conversion of
the Yokosuka Port into a mother port of nuclear-capable aircraft
carriers. Let us develop public opinion and the movement calling
for the abrogation of the Japan-U.S. military alliance,
3. Let us strengthen solidarity with Hibakusha, including support
for collective lawsuits for the A-bomb disease recognition. Let
us promote activities with Hibakusha to make the reality of A-bomb
damage known to the public, through A-bomb photo exhibitions, testimonies
of Hibakusha, and preservation of A-bomb ruins.
Let us strengthen solidarity with nuclear victims all over the
gAbolish Nuclear Weapons Now!h Let us join hands with people around
the world to take actions now under this common slogan.