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31.08.2020

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving leader, leaves office a diminished figure with an unfulfilled legacy

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving leader, leaves office a diminished figure with an unfulfilled legacy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ended weeks of speculation about the state of his health by announcing his surprise resignation today. The 65-year-old Abe was finally forced to concede to the ulcerative colitis intestinal disease that had brought his first brief term in office to an end in 2007. After being treated… »

06.08.2020

75 years since the start of the nuclear age, on the verge of abolishing nuclear weapons

75 years since the start of the nuclear age, on the verge of abolishing nuclear weapons

By Carlos Umaña. 75 years ago the world changed forever. On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was detonated over the Japanese city of Hiroshima and then on August 9 another one was detonated over Nagasaki. Approximately 210,000 people died after the detonation and another 200,000 in subsequent years from… »

30.09.2019

The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons premiered in Kyoto, Japan

The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons premiered in Kyoto, Japan

On the 29th of September, during the public symposium: “Advancing to the ideal of a world free of nuclear weapons and wars” organised by Pugwash Japan, Religions for Peace Japan, the Nagasaki University Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, and the Meijigakuin University International Peace Research Institute, the Japanese language… »

14.09.2019

Japan: Will contaminated water be dumped into the sea?

Japan: Will contaminated water be dumped into the sea?

In 2022, according to forecasts, the Japanese company Tepco, owner of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, will no longer have a place to store contaminated [radioactive] water after the 2011 accident. Faced with this situation, Japan’s own Minister of the Environment has said that there will be no other option… »

12.01.2019

Japan’s desperate need for migrant workers a warning for the UK

Japan’s desperate need for migrant workers a warning for the UK

Caroline Nye, University of Exeter for The Conversation Japan brought in a controversial new labour policy at the end of 2018 which will open up blue-collar jobs to workers from countries such as Nepal, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. The amendment to Japan’s notoriously restrictive immigration laws… »

09.08.2018

Nagasaki Peace Declaration

Nagasaki Peace Declaration

As on the 6th of August we published the Hiroshima Peace Declaration, today is the anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing and we publish the Nagasaki Peace Declaration calling on Japan and all other nations to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It was on this… »

06.08.2018

City of Hiroshima peace declaration

City of Hiroshima peace declaration

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, which with the bombing of Nagasaki 3 days later, caused the immediate deaths of over 200,000 people, and the subsequent deaths of tens of thousands more.  Every year, the City of Hiroshima commemorates the victims and calls for peace and… »

02.12.2017

Japanese companies divest from cluster bombs

Japanese companies divest from cluster bombs

Four Japanese banks and insurance companies have stopped certain investments in producers making cluster bombs, according to reports today in several Japanese media outlets (in Japanese): Mainichi Newspaper, TV Asahi, Jiji Tsushin, Asahi Newspaper, and… »

25.09.2017

Humanity sadly lacking in both Koreas

Humanity sadly lacking in both Koreas

In 1905, Japan made Korea its protectorate. Under the Japanese, Koreans were deprived of land and food, forced into labor, forbidden to publish newspapers, required to adopt Japanese names and worship Shinto shrines, victimized by medical experiments, bullied in school, insulted, raped, tortured and killed. Some Koreans rebelled. Thousands traveled… »

04.09.2017

We Condemn North Korea for Its Nuclear Test

We Condemn North Korea for Its Nuclear Test

Yesterday, North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) conducted its 6th nuclear test.  This is a serious challenge to the international community, threatening peace and security of the world and the region.  We firmly condemn this outrageous act, which blatantly tramples upon the aspiration of the people of the A-bombed… »

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