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Schedule and Update Program:

2023 World Conference against A and H Bombs

(As of August 1, 2023)

Theme and Schedule of the World Conference

Main Theme:

With the Hibakusha, Let Us Achieve a Nuclear Weapon-free, Peaceful and Just World – for the Future of the Humankind and Our Planet

Conference Schedule:

  • August 4 (Fri) – 5 (Sat): International Meeting (Hiroshima JA Building)
  • August 6 (Sun): Hiroshima Day Rally (Green Arena, Hiroshima Sports Center)
  • August 7 - 9: 2023 World Conference against A and H Bombs – Nagasaki
    • August 7 (Mon) Opening Plenary (Nagasaki Shimin Kaikan Gymnasium)
    • August 8 (Tue) Forums/ workshops/ field trips (different venues in Nagasaki City)
    • August 9 (Wed) Nagasaki Day Rally/ Closing Plenary (Nagasaki Shimin Kaikan Gymnasium)

August 2 and 3: Arrival in Hiroshima August 3 (Thursday):

16:00- Registration opens at Hotel Sejour Fujita (Room # 901)

(1-10, Funairi-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima. Tel: 082-296-6511)

Access from Hiroshima Station to Hotel Sejour Fujita (Main Bldg.): Take taxi or bus

#25 or tram #6 to “Kawaramachi”


Information Meeting for overseas delegates at the Conference Secretariat

(2F, Hiroshima Ongaku Center: 1-2-9, Sakai-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima.)

Contact: Fuse Keisuke: 090-2406-4250

August 4 (Friday):

Concluding Rally of the 2023 Nationwide Peace March; Peace Ribbon Action

Time & Place: 11:15-11:45 at Fountain of Prayer, Hiroshima Peace Park (South of the Peace Memorial Museum)

International Meeting (First day)

Venue: Hiroshima JA Building (4-7-3 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima. Tel: 082-244-5360)

Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation is provided.

Format: In-person meeting & Livestreamed by Zoom (link below)

14:00-14:40 Opening Session

14:40-17:00 Session I: “Spreading voices of the Hibakusha to the world”


Drafting Committee Meeting

Time: 19:00 - Venue: Hiroshima Road Building (2-9-24 Hikarimachi, Higashi-ku, Hiroshima. Conference room on the 3rd floor);

One representative from each organization is invited to take part in the meeting.

August 5 (Saturday):

International Meeting (Second day)

Venue: Hiroshima JA Building

Format: In-person rally & Livestreamed by Zoom (link below)

09:30-12:00 Session II: Prohibition of nuclear weapons and achieving a world without nuclear weapons


12:00-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-16:00 Session III: A nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and just world – Solidarity and actions of civil society


16:00-16:30 Closing Session:

Proposal and adoption of the Declaration of the International Meeting

Closing remarks

August 6 (Sunday):

06:30 Meet at Sejour Fujita; Walk to the Peace Park

08:00-08:45 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony (Hiroshima Peace Park)

Hiroshima Day Rally

Venue: Green Arena, Hiroshima Sports Center (4-1 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima.)

Time: 13:00-15:30 (JST) Format: In-person rally & Livestreamed by Zoom (link below)

19:00 Meet at the lobby of Sejour Fujita; Walk to the Motomachi River Park

19:30-20:30 Lantern Floating Ceremony (Motomachi River Park, north of Aioi Bridge)

August 7 (Monday):

Opening Plenary, 2023 World Conference against A & H Bombs - Nagasaki

Venue: Nagasaki Shimin Kaikan Gymnasium (5-1 Uonomachi, Nagasaki. Tel:095-825-1400)

Time: 15:00-17:30 Format: In-person rally & Livestreamed by Zoom (link below)


August 8 (Tuesday)

** Workshops with Japanese-English translation All workshops are in-person meetings; No online livestreaming.

Forum (Workshop 1): For a Nuclear Weapon-Free World

Looking to the 2 nd Meeting of States Parties to the TPNW, together with overseas delegates from nuclear-armed and umbrella states, discussion will focus on how to make their governments join the TPNW and achieve the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Workshop 2: For a Nuclear-Free and Peaceful Asia and Japan

Dangerous moves to prepare for war and threaten peace are underway in this part of the world in the midst of the US-China confrontation over Taiwan Strait, attempts to reinforce and expand NATO, Japan-US alliance and massive military buildup and possible military confrontation over Korean Peninsula. Learning from the struggles of Okinawa, discussion will focus on what we should do to achieve nuclear-free and peaceful Asia and Japan.

Workshop 3: Campaign to promote Japan’s participation in the TPNW

At the G7 Hiroshima Summit, totally unbecoming for the A-bombed country, PM Kishida set the abolition of nuclear weapons as an ultimate goal while confirming to strengthen nuclear deterrence capability. Workshop participants will exchange their grass-roots ideas, experiences and plans to achieve Japan’s accession to the TPNW, including Peace March, signature campaigns and local government initiatives.

Workshop 4: Relief and Solidarity for the Hibakusha – Sending out Hibakusha’s testimonies and experiences to the world

Japanese government has turned its back to the movement, aspirations and pleas of the Hibakusha. Participants will discuss, share and exchange ideas on how to send out Hibakusha’s voices to the world to achieve the elimination of nuclear weapons

Workshop 5: Massive military build-up vs Securing peace and people’s living

The Kishida administration, in tandem with the U.S. nuclear strategy, is pushing ahead with preparations for war. Japan now stands at a historical crossroads of "war or peace”. We will exchange our efforts across the nation to change the political system to one in which "peace, life, and livelihood" are the top priorities, without allowing a massive military buildup, tax hikes, and the slashing of social security benefits.

Workshop 6: Youth Forum

We, the youth, are the last generation to be able to listen to the testimonies of Hibakusha. In the midst of fearmongering of war, as we live in the future, what can we young people do for peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons? We will listen to the stories of A-bomb survivors and interact with other youth.

Workshop 7: For achieving ZERO nuclear power

The "GX De-carbonization Electricity Law" is a major shift in energy policy since the earthquake. This workshop will review energy policies for the survival of humanity and the environment and deepen our understanding of the current situation and issues for our future struggles.

Workshop 8: Peace crisis and climate crisis

The climate crisis is an urgent issue. War and nuclear weapons greatly destroy the global environment. We will learn about the relationship between war, nuclear weapons and the climate crisis, including the construction of a new base in Okinawa and the current situation of the Marshall Islands, and exchange and develop movements to confront these problems together.

Workshop 9: Forum for learning and sharing (for children and parents)

Children and adults can learn about what happened 78 years ago, the atomic bombing and radiation by taking quizzes together with Hibakusha and specialized doctors. Let’s learn with your mind, body and heart by reading each other stories of that day.

Field trip (Workshop 10): Touring A-bombed structures and memorials

Field trip (Workshop 11): Monitoring US Sasebo Base

Nagasaki Day Rally/ Closing Plenary, 2023 World Conference -Nagasaki

Venue: Nagasaki Shimin Kaikan Gymnasium & Cultural Hall

Time: 10:30-13:00 Format: In-person rally & Livestreaming by Zoom (link below)

Due to the typhoon, we had to change the schedule to hold all the workshops in the morning and the Nagasaki Day Rally in the afternoon of August 8.