President George W. Bush
United States of America
c/o U.S. Embassy
1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Fax: 3505-1862
        January 26, 2001

We Protest against Visits of US Warships at Civil Ports

Mr. President,

     Concerning the proposed visits by US Naval ships at several civil ports of Hokkaido, recently, Mayors of Tomakomai and Otaru requested that the U.S. should cancel the planned portcalls, and at the same time, the two cities have asked the Japanese Government to make clear whether the ships in question carry nuclear weapons on board.

     We the Japan Council against A & H Bombs (Japan Gensuikyo) urge your Government to immediately cancel the plan of having the U.S. warships portcall at Tomokomai and Otaru.

     As known, Japan has passed the "Three Non-Nuclear Principles" resolution at the Diet, stating that Japan should not "produce, possess or allow nuclear weapons to be brought into Japan".  Your government maintains the policy of "neither confirming nor denying" the presence of nuclear weapons on board U.S. naval ships.  Under this policy, the deployment of nuclear-capable ships within Japanese waters or their visits at Japanese ports would violate the said national principles of Japan.

     Now, both in Asia and broader world, the trend of peace and settlement of dispute by dialogue has assumed a central place in international relations.  In this situation, sending military vessels one after another to civil ports of Japan, the country upholding the Constitution that renounces the use or threat of force, would clearly go against this trend of the day.

Japan Gensuikyo urges you to make a decision to stop, once and for all, the portcalls of U.S. warships at Japanese civil ports.

     Japan Council against A & H Bombs
     (Japan Gensuikyo)

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