JAPAN | Anti-nuclear conference to be held in Fukushima

Posted on June 22, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | Wednesday, June 22, 2011 19:41 +0900 (JST)

The Japan Congress against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs plans to host an international anti-nuclear conference next month in Fukushima Prefecture, site of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The group says the prefectural capital of Fukushima will be one of the venues for its annual world conference. The conference will also be held in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa.

The Fukushima conference, scheduled for July 31st, will include lectures by survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Discussions on nuclear power generation will also be held. Participants are scheduled to stage a march to call for the suspension or abolishment of nuclear power.

The secretary general of the organization, Yasunari Fujimoto, says he hopes the conference will help lead to a society where nuclear power is abolished by national consensus. He added that priorities should be given to people’s lives, not to the economy.

Another anti-nuclear group, the Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs, also plans to discuss the eradication of nuclear power at its world conference in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August.

A third group, the Japan Confederation of Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs Sufferers Organizations, says it will also promote its campaign against nuclear power generation.

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