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May 4, 2005

H.E. Mr. Sergio Duarte
President of the 7th Review Conference of the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Dear President Sergio Duarte,

With great pleasure, we are presenting to you, and through you to the 7th NPT Review Conference, the signatures representing the desire of the human race for a nuclear weapon-free world.

The Appeal: "Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, Now - Let there be No More Hiroshimas and No More Nagasakis" was launched in August 2003 by the World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs". Supported by the global network of NGOs "Abolition Now", the effort to collect signatures for this appeal has spread worldwide.

The total number of the signatures presented here is 5,038,108, of which 3,878,108 were brought to this Review Conference by over 800 Japanese delegates, and another 1,160,000 signatures were submitted to the Japanese Diet on April 13, this year. This campaign of building up public support for nuclear disarmament will continue during the Review Conference and beyond toward the 60th anniversary the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki this coming August.

The Appeal has also been signed by 935 Japanese governors and mayors, and 556 chairpersons of local assemblies, representing some 50% of all the 2,464 (as of April 11, 2005) Japanese local governments. We herewith submit their signatures as part of all the signatures collected.

On behalf of all the signers, we urge this conference and all the governments, including those that are not parties to NPT, to agree on and start working on the following measures:

- All nuclear weapons states refrain from the use, threat of use or development of new nuclear weapons, and set about implementing the obligation of abolishing their nuclear arsenals; and

- All governments start taking action to set out an international treaty totally banning and eliminating nuclear weapons.

For the delegation and all who have appended their signatures,

Shoji SAWADA Hiroshi TAKA
Representative Director Secretary General

Speech at May 1 Rally

Hiroshi TAKA, Secretary General, Japan Council against A and H Bombs

Dear friends,

Greetings of solidarity form the Japanese anti-nuclear movement, GENSUIKYO.

More than 800 people in our delegation came here from Japan to join you in your historic action today. As part of our preparation, we have collected millions of signatures in support of an international call for "Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, Now". We have collected over 5,038,108 signatures as you see here. These include 935 mayors and 556 local assembly leaders, which represent about 50% of the total number of the Japanese municipalities.

The US leaders say that the nuclear proliferation alone is the problem, but that their weapons enhance security. We no longer accept this kind of lie. Of all NPT members, only five countries posses nuclear weapons; only two countries possess more than 30,000 nuclear weapons, enough to annihilate the entire human race many times over; and only one country deploys these weapons overseas and is ready to use them anytime. If they really believe that the proliferation is a danger, they should work to ban these weapons, totally and immediately.

The Japanese government is also a problem. Its leaders say that Japan should play greater role in the international community. But while refusing to face its own past crime of aggression, supporting the illegitimate attack on Iraq and even sending armed forces in violation of the peace Constitution, and while starting scrapping the Constitution itself, how can they really be trusted on earth? If they want to be trusted, they should switch the course to respect for Article 9 and keep to pledge to renounce war as means to resolve conflicts. It should break away from the US "nuclear umbrella", and tell President Bush that he should honor the "unequivocal undertaking" of eliminating all nuclear arsenals.

It will soon be the 60th year of the A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Let us make it an important opportunity to develop actions worldwide for finally ridding the humankind of the danger of nuclear annihilation. We hereby send you an open invitation to join us in the 2005 World Conference against A and H Bombs, which will take place on Aug. 2-9 in the two cities. Through our steady grassroots actions in solidarity, let us open a new page in the human history. /c

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