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VAVA, Japan Gensuikyo cooperate to fight against nuclear, chemicals weapons

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November 22, 2019 | 07:58

The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin (VAVA) and the Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs (Japan Gensuikyo) will support each other in activities to raise people's awareness of the losses and consequences of atomic bombs and AO/dioxin.

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The MoU signing ceremony in Hanoi

The two sides inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in Hanoi on November 20, marking the 75th anniversary of atomic bombing in Japan (1945-2020) and the 60th year of dioxin disaster in Vietnam (1961-2021).

Under the MoU, the two sides will support each other in activities to raise global awareness of the losses and consequences of atomic bombs and AO/dioxin.

They will also call on all countries to participate in and comply with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) as well as the Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions; and work towards a total ban on nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction (WMD), as well as the assistance for victims.

In addition, the two sides will organised activities towards the 2020 Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Review Conference and mark the 75th year of the atomic bombing in Japan. They will join hands to gather signatures in response to the call of A-bomb victims (Hibakusha) on nuclear disarmament.

VAVA Central Committee President Nguyen Van Rinh stressed that peoples of Vietnam and Japan suffer huge damage caused by the war and WMD.

The two countries have helped each other to overcome consequences, he added, expressing his gratitude for the effective assistance Gensuikyo and Japanese government and people has provided for Vietnam in the cause of national liberation, reunification, building and development over the years.

According to Rinh, the VAVA in recent years, have sent delegations to the World Conference against A & H Bombs.

He affirmed that Vietnam has always been consistent with its anti-nuclear weapons policy and was one of the first countries to support, sign and ratify the NPT.

For his part, Gensuikyo Representative Director Hiroshi Taka expressed his hope that Japan and Vietnam could work together to build a world of peace without atomic bombs and WMD.

This time in Vietnam, apart from spreading information about the destructive consequences caused by nuclear weapons, the Gensuikyo delegation is also collecting signatures calling for a total ban on nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.

Bearing serious consequences of nuclear weapons, Gensuikyo’s delegates understand the dire consequences of AO/dioxin on the human and environment. Taka affirmed that they will raise voice to bring justice for Vietnamese victims of AO/Dioxin, and calling for Japanese people, as well as international community, to support victims of the war-time toxin.

On the occasion, Gensuikyo handed over VND 21 million (over USD 907,000) for Vietnam’s AO/dioxin victims to the VAVA./.

The Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs was founded on September 19, 1955, following the first World Conference against A and H Bombs in August the same year.

The background was the mounting nationwide protests against the damage from the hydrogen bomb test, which the US conducted on March 1, 1954 at the Bikini Atoll in the central Pacific. More than 32 million signatures then collected in demanding a ban on nuclear weapons represented a strong desire of the whole Japanese people for peace and against nuclear weapons.

Since the founding, Gensuikyo have developed many forms of actions to reach the three basic goals of the prevention of nuclear war, a ban on and the elimination of nuclear weapons, the relief and solidarity with the Hibakusha, the A-bomb sufferers, including the annual World Conference against A & H Bombs in every August, constant and nationwide signature campaigns for a ban on nuclear weapons, events and actions in cooperation with the Hibakusha to make known of the damage and health effects of the A-bombings to the public.

Vietnam has supported the Gensuikyo since it was established in September, 1955 following the first World Conference against A & H Bombs in August the same year. President Ho Chi Minh was one of the first State leaders to send congratulations to the council and the World Conference against A & H Bombs.

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