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Kobe Port workers begin 40th year of monthly anti-nuclear action

Workers at Kobe Port in Hyogo Prefecture on December 6 marked the 40th year of their monthly "6th and 9th day" action to collect signatures calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons and donations for the relief of atomic-bomb survivors (Hibakusha).

They are members of the Kobe Port Council against A & H Bombs (Gensuikyo). Started in 1966, Kobe Port Gensuikyo has conducted a campaign on the 6th and 9th of each month to remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima (Aug.6) and Nagasaki (Aug.9).

In 1975, Kobe City established the "Non-Nuclear Kobe Formula" requiring every foreign ship entering Kobe Port to submit a certificate that it does not carry nuclear weapons.

Kobe Port Gensuikyo Hisaoka Shigeki said, "The monthly action on the 6th and 9th has helped establish the 'Kobe Formula' and maintain the peaceful port. We want to pass on our action to the young generations."
- Akahata, December 8, 2005

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