To our friends wholove peace
This coming summer we will have passed 71 years since the atomic bombs weredropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.
At this time in the world there are 15,000 nuclear bombs that threaten thelives of human beings. The atomic bombs destroyed the cities in moments, andtook the lives of 210,000 people within the year. This was one of the worsttragedies in human history, and to this day 180,000 people continue to sufferas victims of the atomic bombs. Harmful radioactivity is also spread to allcorners of the world due to nuclear testing and nuclear plant meltdowns.
“We humans can never coexist with nuclear weapons” “No more atomic bombvictims”, the citizens movement for the abolition of nuclear weaponry hasspread, and is about to change the world. At the 70th General Assembly of theUN Disarmament Conference in December 2015, the highest number so far of 140countries backed the decision requested by the Comprehensive NuclearDisarmament Treaty carried forward by the Anti-Alliance Movement that wegathered.
On the 27th of May 2016, President Obamamade the first Official American Presidential visit to the bombed city of Hiroshima.People over the age of 80, the average age of those who have been affecteddirectly by the atomic bombs, sincerely hope that no one else will have toexperience the hell of nuclear weaponry in their lives again. Not you, yourfamily, nor anyone else should be a victim of an atomic bomb.
From this year, we, the victims of the atomic bomb, are going to start asignature campaign all over the world to ensure a nuclear disarmament treaty.We intend to change international politics with these signatures and thehundreds of millions of opinions of people around the world.
We, The Council of the Great Peace March of Ehime Japan against Atomic andHydrogen Bombs, as a nation that has experienced the travesty of atomic bombs,with the Constitution of Renunciation of War, have taken part in the peacemarch for 59 years hoping for world peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons.This year, we also visited all the cities in the Ehime Prefecture and over 700citizens including victims of the atomic bombs took part in the Peace March. Atthe same time, we have organized the collection and sending of 150,000 papercranes as” messengers of peace “to foreign countries.
In traditional Japanese culture, 1000 cranes represent long life. It is saidthat cranes live for a thousand years, and turtles for ten thousand. There is astatue of a child who was a victim of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima Peace Park.Sadako Sasaki was 2 years and 8 months when the atomic bomb was dropped. Whileill years later, filled with the desire to live, she went on to fold 1000 papercranes. She died of acute leukemia at the age of 12. Cranes are a symbol of ourresolution to prevent further suffering due to atomic bombs.
We will send these cranes to your group. We have sent 3,988,000 cranes to 78groups in 31 countries. We hope that your anti-nuclear grass roots movementswill make use of them. We look forward to hearing about your activities.
No more Hiroshima! No more Nagasaki! No more nuclear bomb victims!
2016The Council of The Great Peace March of Ehime