We have Yamaguchi-sensei, other courageous Hibakusha and Japanese activists to thank for much of the inspiration that in March brought representatives of 127 governments together in Oslo to confront – again – the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons. Yamaguchi-sensei and other Hibakusha played the central role of placing the possibility of a nuclear free world on the world’s agenda. I want to dedicate my talk today to his memory.
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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.
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