Hibakusha protest 'reversal' of moves to abolish nuclear weapons

A group of survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Japan has protested moves in the world that it says are going counter to the efforts to abolish nuclear weapons.

About 50 people gathered at a general meeting of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, or Nihon Hidankyo, in Tokyo. The two-day meeting ended on Thursday.

They adopted a resolution protesting recent developments in the world, including Russia's suggestion that it could use nuclear arms in its invasion of Ukraine, and two US subcritical nuclear tests in 2021.

The resolution says these moves are a backlash to their strenuous plea that nuclear weapons should be eliminated.

The participants also approved a special resolution urging the Japanese government to swiftly join the UN treaty banning nuclear weapons.

The resolution condemns recent discussions in Japan on what is called "nuclear sharing." The concept calls on US allies such as Japan to jointly keep US nuclear weapons as a means of deterrence. The discussions increased after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine in February.

The resolution says such an idea brings to nothing the longtime struggles of "hibakusha," or A-bomb survivors, to abolish nuclear weapons, and tramples upon the wishes of people in Japan.

Nihon Hidankyo Secretary General Kido Sueichi will visit Austria later this month, when the first meeting of signatories to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is scheduled to be held in the country.

Kido says he hopes to convey to younger generations what the atomic bombings brought about, and how inhumane nuclear weapons are.