On Achieving 60 million Signatures in Support
the"Appeal from Hiroshima and Nagasaki
for a Total Ban and Elimination of Nuclear
Weapons" in Japan
October 4, 2000
Japan Council against A & H Bombs
The total number of signatures in support of the "Appeal
from Hiroshima and Nagasaki for a Total Ban and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons"
collected all over Japan surpassed the goal of 60 million, representing roughly
50 percent of the Japanese population. We would like to convey our deep respect
and gratitude to those tens of thousands of people in different strata across
the country, who have supported the Appeal and carried out the signature campaign
for the last 15 years.
The "Appeal from Hiroshima and Nagasaki" signature campaign was launched
jointly by the representatives of peace and anti-nuclear organizations
of 12 countries, including our council, who gathered in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
on January 6 and 9, 1985 respectively. It appealed for "complete prohibition
and abolition of nuclear weapons as a straightforward goal, in a compact
and clear call, beyond specific or partial nuclear disarmament measures.
The "Appeal" was welcomed warmly by the people, and soon spread in Japan
and throughout the world.
In the international arena, the "Appeal" was supported by nearly all
peace and anti-nuclear organizations, such as the NGO Committee for Disarmament
(Geneva), International Peace Bureau (IPB) and the World Peace Council
and others. At the 3rd U.N. Special Session on Disarmament in 1988, the
World NGO Conference recommended that the "Appeal" be carried out as a
common action among the peoples of the world. During the "Peace Wave" actions
for the abolition of nuclear weapons, which took place across the world
in 5 different occasions from Oct. 1987, the "Appeal" signature campaign
was taken up as a common form of action. In Vietnam, for instance, signatures
for the "Appeal" were collected from more than a half of its population.
Eventually the "Appeal" signature campaign spread to 160 countries.
Today in Japan, in 18 prefectures, more than half of the prefectural
people have signed the "Appeal", and encouraged by this signature campaign,
the number of local municipalities having adopted a nuclear-free declaration
has increased from 300 when the signature campaign was started, to over
As we enter the 21st century, the abolition of nuclear weapons has become
a call of overwhelming majority of countries in world political arena.
In December last year, the U.N. resolutions on the abolition of nuclear
weapons were adopted with overwhelming support and at the past NPT Review
Conference, an unequivocal undertaking to accomplish the total elimination
of nuclear weapons was made by the treaty's member states, including the
nuclear weapons states. Further, at the U.N. Millennium Summit, heads of
states and governments gathered there resolved "to strive for the elimination
of nuclear weapons". We believe that the "Appeal from Hiroshima and
Nagasaki" has made historically significant contribution to such progress
toward the abolition of nuclear weapons.
We would like to congratulate this commemorative accomplishment with
all people both at home abroad, who have involved themselves to the signature
campaign. We call on all governments of the world to work on so that the
current U.N. Millennium Assembly will make a courageous decision to totally
ban all nuclear weapons for a 21st century without such weapons. As an
expression of the aspiration of the grass roots people wishing to achieve
a 21st century free of nuclear weapons, we are determined to continue the
signature campaign in Japan and in the world.
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