Lively discussions held
On August 8, the second day of the 2001 World Conference against A & H
Bombs - Nagasaki, participants in nine workshops discussed how they can
realize a nuclear-free Japan and world.
The workshop of grassroots movements was successful with about 1,000
A young participant from Hokkaido Prefecture said that he has organized a
150 km anti-nuclear peace bike relay for six years and that this year's
event was successful with more than 100 participants.
A participant from Kanagawa prefecture angrily reported that U.S.
nuclear-powered submarines have entered the Yokosuka Port in Kanagawa 668
times since 1966.
Ichihara Kenjiro, 65, an atomic bomb survivor in Nagasaki said, "I still
remember how I felt when my burned skin came off my body. I want you to
understand that there are some Hibakusha who want to talk about their
experience but still can't."
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About 1,300 women of Japan and from abroad joined their hands for peace
in the "Away with Nuclear Weapons!" Womens Forum held in the Nagasaki
Citizens Hall on August 8.
Inoue Miyo, New Japan Women's Association president, spoke on behalf of
the forum organizer, calling on the participants to strengthen cooperation
among the women's grassroots movements all over the world.
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The "Peace Jam 2001 Nagasaki" was held in the Nagasaki Prefectural
Gymnasium, with some 2,000 young people attending. They sang songs, danced,
and exchanged opinions about their activities and the plan to get a "statue
of children for peace" erected across the country.
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After the World Conference was over, the delegates carried out a street
campaign in Nagasaki City to collect signatures in support of the "Hiroshima
and Nagasaki Appeal."
In response to the speeches of the delegates from nine countries
including Russia and the U.S., passers-by stopped and signed.
From the Japanese Communist Party, House of Representatives Member Ozawa
Kazuaki took part in the action. (end)