Joseph Gerson Bikini Day Commemoration, February 28, 2012 Shizuoka, Japan
“[T]he world needs new thinking, based not just on the recognition of universal interests and of global interdependence but also on a certain moral foundation…politics becomes dirty and a zero-sum, lose-lose game only when it has no moral core. This perhaps is the main lesson to be learned from the past two decades.” – Mikahil Gorbachev
Peace in Asia and the Pacific: Alternatives to Asia-Pacific Militarization Campaign/Movement Building Panel (Oct. 21, 19:30-) Campaign for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons (shorter version) Hiroshi TAKA – Japan Council against A and H Bombs
First of all, let me express my gratitude to the organizers for inviting me to this important conference and allowing me to speak before you.
Join us for an illustrated presentation on the life and art of Hibakish (A-bomb survivor) Junko Kayashige.
When the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima Cityon August 6, 1945, Junko Kayashige had just entered elementary school. She was in a home one mile from where the A-bomb it. Kayashige survived, badly injured, but lost several close family members.
Junko speaks widely about her experiences and opposition to nuclear weapons across Japan and has traveled to a number of countries for this purpose, including to Egypt (to help teach rising members of its foreign service) and Korea, as well as here in the U.S. She was a keynote speaker at the national peace studies association conference a few years ago. Her art provides her another way to powerfully communicate the grave dangers and immediate personal impacts of nuclear weapons. She will show a slide show or some of her art as part of her presentation.
Gensuikyo, the Japan Council against A & H Bombs, is one of the world's leading organizations advocating the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. On the eve of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, Gensuikyo delivered seven million petition signatures urging abolition. They had launched a new signature campaign which AFSC and many other organizations have endorsed and are supporting. Please sign: http://www.antiatom.org/sig-press.
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