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Efforts for Nuclear Abolition

About this project

ANT-Hiroshima believes that one of Hiroshima’s key missions — and the earnest wish of the A-bomb survivors — is to help achieve a world free of nuclear weapons, and many of our activities are carried out with this goal in mind. Nuclear abolition has been a core component of our mission since ANT-Hiroshima was founded over 30 years ago, and we have devoted ourselves to grassroots efforts for peace with this greater goal in mind.

For example, ANT-Hiroshima travels to various places domestically and internationally to hold A-bomb exhibitions and lectures to communicate the true conditions of the atomic bombings and the A-bomb survivors. As we convey this information through documentary films, social media, events, and other avenues, we seek to foster a network of people to help advance a nuclear-free world. ANT-Hiroshima also actively supported NGOs leading the “Hibakusha Appeal,” an international petition begun by A-bomb survivors to promote a treaty that would ban and abolish nuclear weapons (the petition ended in December 2020). The following are some of our recent activities for nuclear abolition.

Working as part of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) network

ICAN and its global network of campaigners, including A-bomb survivors, were instrumental in advocating for the creation of a nuclear ban treaty. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was adopted at the United Nations in 2017, and now it has come into force as international law with over 50 ratifications. ANT-Hiroshima became an ICAN partner organization in 2019 and works to facilitate communication and collaboration between members of Hiroshima civil society and ICAN campaigners, as well as participates in efforts aimed at convincing the Japanese government to join the treaty.

Working with Japanese civil society to abolish nuclear weapons

ANT-Hiroshima is a member organization of the Hiroshima Alliance for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (HANWA), a network of local civil society groups. As a member of HANWA, we cooperates in organizing various events, such as candlelight messages in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome, symposiums, and lectures, to urgently call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. ANT-Hiroshima also collaborates with hibakusha organizations and other civil society organizations in Hiroshima. In addition, ANT-Hiroshima is a member of the Japan NGO Network for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, whose activities aim to help facilitate nuclear abolition, decrease reliance on nuclear weapons for security, and build a local network in East Asia through activities such as events, symposiums, and recommendations.

“One Day in Hiroshima: An Oral History”

“One Day in Hiroshima: An Oral History” is a book written in 2005 by Dr. Nanao Kamada, Director of the Japan Chapter of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and Professor Emeritus of Hiroshima University. ANT-Hiroshima actively shares this book with various people in order to help them learn about the impacts of the atomic bombing.

In the book, an elderly woman living in a nursing home for atomic bomb survivors answers questions from a child visiting the facility, describing the impact of the atomic bomb and the radiation it released. The woman’s answers to the child are on the left-hand pages, with medical explanations on the right-hand pages. The book's contents can be understood by people of a range of ages.

Internationally, Hiroshima is known as an A-bombed city. However, details of the damage caused by the bombing are not widely known. To help raise awareness, an English edition of this book was published in 2007, a French edition in 2017, a German edition in 2020, and a Spanish edition in 2022.

We hope that these books will enable the world to learn more about the consequences of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

  • Japanese Edition (2021 revised version): 1,200 JPY excluding tax
  • English Edition: 1,500 JPY excluding tax
  • French Edition: 1,500 JPY excluding tax
  • German Edition: 1,500 JPY excluding tax
  • Spanish Edition: 1,500 JPY excluding tax

To purchase a copy, please contact the Japan Chapter of IPPNW in the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association. You can also purchase the Japanese edition (2021 revised version) and English edition at the Museum Shop in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Proceeds will be donated to the Hiroshima A-bomb Survivors Relief Foundation through Dr. Kamada.

The full Japanese, English, French, German, and Spanish editions of “One Day in Hiroshima: An Oral History” are also available online for free. Please click the images of the book covers above to read them. We have also made the English, French, German, and Spanish editions available on the IPPNW website to share this book with the world.

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