Forty years* have passed since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,and the end of the Second World War.
In spite of the intense desire of the A-bomb survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasakid the people of all the world that such tragedies must never be repeated, nuclear weapons over one million times more destructive that the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs are now stockpiled, the result of the on-going nuclear arms race.
The use of nuclear weapons will destroy the whole human race and civilization. It is therefore illegal, immoral and a crime against the human community.
Humans must not coexist with nuclear arms.
With effective activities for the prevention of nuclear war now developing throughout the world, the elimination of nuclear weapons, as a common international task, has become most urgent and crucial for the very survival of the whole of humanity.
Along with the survivors and on behalf of those who died and cannot speak for themselves we appeal from Hiroshima and Nagasaki:
There must never be another Hiroshima on anywhere on earth.
There must never be another Nagasaki anywhere on earth.
Now is the time to call for the complete prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. Let us work together urgently to achieve a total ban on the use, testing, research, development, production, deployment and stockpiling of nuclear weapons.
February 2 and 9, 1985
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
(*The Appeal was issued in 1985)
This "Appeal" was signed by all representatives who participated in the "Cousultative meeting for the proposal and promotion of the signare campaign for a total ban and elimination of nuclear weapons", and addressed by the "Liaison Committee for the Promotion of the Signature Campaign" to all peoples of the world.
This "Appeal" has been signed, in Japan, by 62, 179,850 people (as of Jan., 2001).