Gensuikyo holds new year's first 6 and 9 action

Members of the Japan Council against A & H Bombs (Japan Gensuikyo) on January 6 took part in this year's first "6 and 9 action" in many parts of Japan calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons and in protest against the expected U.S. war on Iraq.

Japan Gensuikyo is holding a campaign on the 6th and 9th of every month, the days of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, to call for nuclear weapons elimination and support for A-bombed survivors (Hibakusha).

In Tokyo, about 30 peace activists, including Japan Gensuikyo Representative Director Akamatsu Koichi and Japan Peace Committee Representative Director Sato Mitsuo, collected about 100 signatures against the use of nuclear weapons and for their abolition.

In addition to a big banner saying, "Do not allow any lawless wars or nuclear threats this year," songs and comic dialogues performed by young participants caught the attention of passers-by. People made a circle around the performers and contributed to the signatures-collection and fund-raising event.

The first 6 and 9 action this year was also conducted in Hokkaido, Kanagawa, Chiba, Hiroshima, Hyogo, and Mie Prefectures. (end)