Japan Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms organizes events on nuclear disarmament, and issues journals “hankakuhouritsuka” (meaning “Lawyers Againist Nuclear Arms”) four times a year that cover reports on our activities and analyses and opinions on current issues.
For the 2015 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, JALANA sent delegates and prepared a booklet “Recommendations for the 2015 NPT Review Conference.” Delegates also attended some side events and International Peace & Planet Conference.
In December 2014, JALANA sent delegates to the Vienna Conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons and the ICAN Civil Society Forum as well as the Oslo Conference in 2013 (See also Recommendations for the Oslo Conference to Confirm the inhumanity of Nuclear Weapons). During the Conferences, delegates distributed flyers that covered the Statement issued at the memorial symposium for the 50th anniversary of the Shimoda Case Judgment and the “Statement in Support of the Marshall Islands’ Cases against Nuclear Weapon States in the International Court of Justice.” They also made a presentation at a session held by Japanese NGOs during the Civil Society Forum.
On November 8, 2014, JALANA held a discussion meeting after our annual assembly. We invited activists that represented civil society organizations advocating nuclear disarmament. After the reports by guest speakers, we discussed inhumanity and illegality of nuclear weapons use and sought ways of establishing a legal framework for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
On April 24, 2014, the Republic of Marshal Islands (RMI) sued nine nuclear-armed states before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), supported by IALANA members that represent the RMI international legal team. In the Applications, the RMI contends that nuclear weapon states continuously violate their disarmament obligation under Article VI of the NPT and international customary law. JALANA adopted a statement in support of the lawsuits and delivered it to the RMI Embassy in Tokyo. The Ambassador welcomed and appreciated our initiative. We also introduced important points of the cases in our journal and at a seminar held by Japan NGO Network for Nuclear Weapons Abolition. Learn More
JALANA held the two-day-long “Second Nationwide Research and Exchange Conference in Fukushima on Nuclear Power and Human Rights” on April 5 and 6, 2014 at Fukushima University, in cooperation with other NGOs. After the plenary sessions on the first day, JALANA and Japanese Lawyers International Solidarity Association (JALISA) organized a break-out session entitled “Human beings cannot coexist with nuclear energy or weapons” for the second day. Read More
The First “Nationwide Research and Exchange Conference in Fukushima on Nuclear Power and Human Rights” was held April 7 and 8, 2012; the final statement is available at IALANA NEWS July August 2012.
On December 8, 2013, JALANA hosted a memorial symposium for the 50th anniversary of the Shimoda Case Judgment (compensation claim against Japan brought by the residents of Hiroshima & Nagasaki) in Tokyo. In the Judgment Tokyo District Court declared illegality of the atomic bombings. At the event, we reaffirmed the significance of the Judgment and issued a “Statement on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Use and the Illegality of Atomic Bombing.”(See a summary of the keynote speech delivered by Yoshiro Matsui, professor emeritus in international law at Nagoya University)
Twenty six members of JALANA were accredited to the 2010 NPT Review Conference. Our organization submitted to the NPT Secretariat a mission statement titled Toward a “World Free of Nuclear Weapons”: Recommendations of Japanese Lawyers to the 2010 NPT Review Conference
During the first week of the Conference, delegates also distributed copies of a booklet Recommendations and reports to the 2010 ＮＰＴ Review Conference that included the above statement and detailed information with regard to our activities and researches.
Delegates also attended the International NGO Conferences held at Riverside Church. At a workshop titled The Nuclear Weapons Convention: How to Prohibit and Eliminate Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction, Toshinori Yamada, one of our board members, made a presentation on initiatives in Japan to achieve a Nuclear Weapons Convention (See Initiatives in Japan Aimed at Making a Nuclear Weapons Convention a Reality).
On the day before the opening of the 2010 NPT Review Conferences, our member marched across Manhattan calling for nuclear weapons abolition together with other NGO members that came from across the world, and introduced our activities using a space at the peace festival. During those events, they also handed out flyers that summarized our statement.
An English translation of the verdict is available on the website of the International Committee of the Red Cross.