Hibakusha Submits 10 M. Signatures for Nuke Abolition to U.N.


New York, Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese hibakusha atomic bomb survivor submitted to the United Nations on Friday a list of some 10 million signatures in an appeal supporting the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The list of 10,517,872 signatures, collected as of the end of September, was submitted by Toshiki Fujimori, assistant secretary-general of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, or Nihon Hidankyo, to U.N. General Assembly First Committee Chairman Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz and U.N. Undersecretary-General Izumi Nakamitsu, also U.N. high representative for disarmament affairs, in their meeting held at the U.N. headquarters in New York.

The First Committee is in charge of disarmament and international security.

The Hibakusha Appeal international signature campaign seeking nuclear abolition was launched in 2016 mainly by hibakusha, submitting a list of signatures to the United Nations every year. Japan is the only nation attacked with nuclear weapons, with the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki devastated by the U.S. atomic bombings in August 1945, in the closing days of World War II.

At the meeting, Fujimori, 75, said: "We have finally collected over 10 million signatures. We'll keep this momentum and step up efforts to gather more and more signatures next year."

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