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Japan to join Humanitarian Initiative at UN First Committee

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan will sign the humanitarian statement on the impact of nuclear weapons that New Zealand will deliver at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in October. When similar statements were delivered, most recently at the NPT PrepCom in Geneva in April as well as at the UNGA last year, Japan refused to sign, saying that the “wording [of the statement] was incompatible with Japan’s security policy that relies on


Oliver Stone visits Hiroshima and Nagasaki, stresses ideal of nuclear abolition

“Harry Truman opened a Pandora’s box 68 years ago when he dropped the bomb here at Nagasaki, and Hiroshima. Pandora’s box means, problems that beset the world are still enormous. We still have 17 thousand plus nuclear weapons in the world.“ Renowned US filmmaker Oliver Stone visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the first time in August this year, participating in memorials to mark the 68th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombings. As well as touring



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    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

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