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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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The Yes Campaign for Nuclear Weapons Abolition by 2020

c0144799_2082718Tomoko Watanabe is now leading an effort called the “Yes Campaign” to support the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol, intended to advance the abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020.

The campaign is the result of a measure proposed by Mayors for Peace to abolish nuclear weapons by 2020.

Whereas previous campaigns for the abolition of nuclear weapons have been organized around the word “No”, the “Yes Campaign” is intended to change the tone and emphasize the positive: “Yes” to abolition, “Yes” nuclear weapons CAN be abolished by 2020 if we as individuals, city and town authorities, national governments and international organizations, act POSITIVELY together towards that end.

The “Yes Campaign” has published a full-colour booklet about the Protocol, with illustrations by the well-known artist Seitaro Kuroda.

The 60 page booklet has been published on good quality paper and is written in Japanese, but the photos, illustrations and accompanying texts are all translated into English.

If you would like a copy of the YES campaign, or would like to distribute the booklet please contact Tomoko at:

ant at ant-hiroshima dot org.

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