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An Open Letter to the People of Japan from Concerned Peace and Civil Society Organizations of the United States

We, the undersigned, representing a coalition of involved peace and civil society organizations within the United States, are advocating for the elimination of nuclear weapons globally. We be part of to precise our honest regrets and apologies for our nation’s atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Although our authorities has not apologized formally for this horror, we wish to prolong our deepest condolences to the atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha), descendants of hibakusha, in addition to all these impacted by the U.S. nuclear testing within the Pacific, who’ve endured nice psychological and bodily hardships for many years. May you and the generations behind you proceed to heal, converse fact to energy and stroll in direction of justice. We will at all times stroll beside you.

We additionally ship our solidarity to these affected by the continued Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy plant catastrophe. We are impressed by the brave Fukushima youth plaintiffs of the 311 Children’s Thyroid Cancer Trial who sued the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to carry it accountable for the youth’s pediatric thyroid most cancers, which is among the identified adversarial results of radiation publicity. The use of nuclear expertise – whether or not army or civilian – comes with monumental dangers and incalculable penalties; it undermines democracy, it’s not economically viable or sustainable, and it’s not an answer to the local weather disaster. Effective international nuclear disarmament won’t be doable so long as we proceed to permit the industrial use of plutonium and extremely enriched uranium.

We name for Japan and TEPCO to halt their proposed plan to dump greater than 1.3 million metric tons of radioactive wastewater for 3 many years or extra from the broken Fukushima Daiichi into the Pacific Ocean. We request that Japan discover different safer choices, equivalent to long-term storage at or close to the positioning, to guard the atmosphere and to reduce the well being impacts on folks and all dwelling issues. We should not overlook that Pacific Islands nations are going through devastating impacts of local weather disaster and that they’ve nonetheless been dwelling with the threats of remaining contamination publicity, decimated environments, and generational trauma from nuclear testing performed by nuclear-armed states, such because the United States.

We remorse that President Biden’s go to in Hiroshima in the course of the G7 Summit was extraordinarily disrespectful to hibakusha and their supporters. It was unacceptable that President Biden introduced the nuclear soccer to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, that he used Hiroshima to strengthen the army alliance with the U.S. allies, that he met Prime Minister Kishida to share the view that prolonged deterrence – together with the U.S. nuclear umbrella – and strengthening Japan’s protection capabilities are important, and he promised President Zelensky extra army help whereas they have been in Hiroshima. Instead, Biden may have utilized the Summit to barter roadmaps to finish ongoing wars and eradicate nuclear weapons from this planet.

To obtain peace within the northeast Asia area, we name on Japan to hitch us in supporting the peace course of on the Korean Peninsula. Here within the United States, the Peace on the Korean Peninsula Act has been reintroduced by Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA). The invoice helps the commitments made at Panmunjom in April of 2018 by the leaders of the Korean Peninsula and requires the US Secretary of State to pursue pressing diplomatic engagement with the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in pursuit of a binding peace settlement constituting a proper finish to the Korean War.

In 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into drive. Although the Treaty doesn’t legally bind the U.S. as a result of our authorities has neither signed nor ratified it, all nuclear weapons, together with the U.S. stockpile, have been declared illegal by the worldwide neighborhood.

We name upon Japan to relinquish the so-called “nuclear umbrella” of the United States by swiftly signing and ratifying the TPNW. We are involved that lots of the non-nuclear weapon states, equivalent to Japan, consider that regional safety is enhanced by the nuclear weapons of the United States, though the “nuclear umbrella” didn’t stop warfare in Europe as sure nuclear weapon states had claimed. Indeed, the warfare in Ukraine has uncovered the dangers of all the nuclear enterprise. We deplore Japan’s strengthening of army alliances with the United States and their allies. Establishing a NATO workplace in Tokyo won’t make the area safer, because the world has change into extra harmful beneath such army alliance and nuclear deterrence coverage that escalated tensions. Under the TPNW, counting on the nuclear umbrella of the nuclear-armed states is a type of conspiracy to interact in illegal actions beneath worldwide legislation, as a result of the TPNW not solely prohibits nations from creating, producing, stockpiling, or threatening to make use of nuclear weapons but in addition it prohibits nations from encouraging or inducing anybody to interact in any of those actions.

We will proceed to demand that the federal government of the U.S. signal and ratify the TPNW, and embark on a multilateral dialogue with all nuclear-armed states to eradicate all nuclear weapons on this planet. We stay up for persevering with our collaboration to attain a nuclear-free world the place, because the preamble of your structure states, “all peoples of the world have the right to live in peace, free from fear and want.”

NO MORE HIROSHIMA

NO MORE NAGASAKI

NO MORE FUKUSHIMA

NO MORE WAR

NO MORE HIBAKUSHA

NEVER AGAIN!

Endorsing organizations within the U.S. (representing a complete of over 391,600 members and supporters)

Veterans For Peace – NYC Chapter 34

Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World

Action Corps

Baltimore Nonviolence Center

Ben Salmon for Sainthood

Brooklyn For Peace

Broome County Peace Action

Campaign for Peace, Disarmament & Common Security

Coalition Against Nukes

CODEPINK

Environmentalists Against War

Erwin Citizens Awareness Network (ECAN)

Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace

Granny Peace Brigade, NYC

Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York

Judson Memorial Church

Long Island Alliance For Peaceful Alternatives

Memory Productions

Monterey Peace and Justice Center

New Hampshire Peace Action

New York Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

New York Catholic Worker

No Nukes Action

North Country Peace Group

No War Westchester

Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS)

Nuclear Hotseat Podcast/Broadcast

Nuclear Watch South

Nukewatch

NYC Metro Raging Grannies

NY Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism

NYC War Resisters League

Office of Peace, Justice, and Ecological Integrity/Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth

Pax Christi New York State

Peace Action Manhattan

Peace Action New York State

Peace Action of Staten Island

Peace Boat US

Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College

Physicians for Social Responsibility- NY

Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice

Raging Grannies and their Daughters of New York Cities

Rise and Resist

Rising Together

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace

South Country Peace Group, Inc.

Stand with Okinawa NY

The Ribbon International

United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

Uptown Progressive Action

Veterans for Peace the Hector Black Chapter

WESPAC Foundation, Inc.

World BEYOND War, U.S. Chapters

World Can’t Wait

Youth Arts New York/Hibakusha Stories

Contact:

Veterans For Peace – NYC Chapter 34

8062 214th Street

Queens Village, NY 11427

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