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Hiroshima-Nagasaki YES Campaign In Action At The Hiroshima Flower Festival

The Hiroshima Flower Festival, held during the “Golden Week” holiday in early May every year since 1977, attracts over a million people. The festival is held on Peace Boulevard, which runs on an East-West axis across the city. Half way along its course, Peace Boulevard passes Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park .

During the festival there are parades, concerts, dance, fashion and talk shows with both local citizens and celebrities taking part.

This year supporters of the “YES! Hiroshima-Nagasaki Giteisho” (or “YES Campaign”) were also present at the Flower Festival campaigning for support for the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol for a nuclear-weapon-free world by 2020. They were joined by artist Seitaro Kuroda who has been actively supporting the YES! Campaign through his art work and who drew pictures and created some artwork at the Flower Festival to attract passers-by.

Here is a video of the YES! Campaign in action at the Flower Festival:


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Yes! Campaign Sells Over 10,000 Books…

20091117114250269_en_1_originalThe “Yes! Campaign” reports that over 10,000 of its books about the “Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol,” have been sold less than four months since the book was published.

The book is being promoted by a group of A-bomb survivors (hibakusha) who are touring Japan in order to publicize the protocol. So far they have visited Hokkaido, Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Hyogo, Okayama, Tottori, and Shimane.

According to Maeko Nobumoto, secretary general of the group, they are “sensing the growing momentum for nuclear abolition.”

The “Yes! Campaign” wants the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol to be adopted at the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in May 2010. They are planning to lobby the Japanese government in the hope that the government will agree to ask the conference to discuss the protocol.

The “Yes! Campaign” book includes the text of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol and is illustrated throughout by the well known artist, Seitaro Kuroda.

If you would like a copy of the “Yes! Campaign” book, please contact ANT-Hiroshima at: ant@ant-hiroshima.org.

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“Yes Campaign” Booklets Distributed To Adult English Classes In Hiroshima

This week David (who runs the ANT-Hiroshima blog) distributed Hiroshima-Nagasaki YES! Campaign For The Abolition Of Nuclear Weapons By 2020″ booklets to his students at two community centres in Hiroshima, Suzugamine Kominkan and Ajina-Dai Kominkan.

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David is a Hiroshima-based freelance English teacher who also works part time for ANT-Hiroshima. The YES! Campaign booklet has both English and Japanese texts as well as illustrations by Seitaro Kuroda, a famous contemporary Japanese artist. The books provided a good talking point for reading and discussion in the classes. 091105_1026~0001

The two photos in this blog report are of English students in class at Ajina-Dai Kominan with their copies of the YES! Campaign booklet.

If you would be interested in distributing some copies of the YES! Campaign booklet, please contact the ANT-Hiroshima office at ant@ant-hiroshima.org.

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