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StatementProposals to the Japanese Government
April 26, 2012
Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo)

The First Preparatory Committee to the 2015 NPT Review Conference starts in Vienna, the capital of Austria, on April 30 and continues until May 11.

As you know, the 2010 NPT Review Conference agreed on achieving “the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons” as the goal of the NPT.  The Final Document specified that the five nuclear weapons states would “accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals”, that all states would “make special efforts to establish a necessary framework” for this purpose, and that the Conference noted the five point proposal of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, including negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention. 

The faithful implementation of these agreements is the key to the success of the 2015 NPT Review Conference and the efforts in the lead up to it.  As in the statement of our organization on the occasion of the NPT PrepCom, we call on all the parties of the NPT to start negotiations for a convention banning nuclear weapons.  At the same time, we urge the government of Japan, the only A-bombed country, to play its part by taking the following actions:

  1. Make a clear statement that banning nuclear weapons totally with a binding convention is the only way to achieving “a world without nuclear weapons”, and propose the commencement of negotiations for the conclusion of a convention banning nuclear weapons.
  2. Call for overcoming nuclear deterrence theory, facing up to the reality that the justification of nuclear weapons based on nuclear deterrence and extended deterrence is a driving force in nuclear arms races, increasing the danger of the use of nuclear weapons and the vicious cycle of proliferation of nuclear weapons; and declare and call for respect for Japan’s position that, based on Article 9 of the Constitution and the Three Non-Nuclear Principles, it will promote a total ban on nuclear weapons, break away from the “nuclear umbrella” and not allow the possession, production and bringing-in of nuclear weapons into Japanese territory.
  3. Make known the damage of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and value and support the efforts of the Hibakusha and NGOs for the abolition of nuclear weapons.