1. Discussion Meeting “Toward Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”
JALANA holds a discussion meeting entitled “Toward Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” every year. This November, we invited three guest speakers. First, Junko Ichiba reported the situation of the Hibakusha in South Korea. She chairs a civil group to support the Hibakusha in South Korea. She explained how her group and the Hibakusha in South Korea had struggled to gain equal relief as those in Japan. Second, Choi Bongtae, a South Korean lawyer, stressed the need to ease tension between Japan and North Korea, while Japanese government is reluctant in ending the Korean War. He observed that Japan and two Koreas should join the TPNW together in parallel with normalization of diplomatic ties. Third, Yoko Sakamoto reported the situation of the Hibakusha in North Korea. She chairs a women’s network for Japan-DPRK friendship. Her group have made efforts to give A-Bomb sufferers in North Korea an access to official relief of the Japanese government as a humanitarian issue regardless lack of diplomatic tie between the two states. She warned that “No one is about to be relieved far from leaving no one behind.”
2. Statement to welcome the entry into force of the TPNW
JALANA issued the Statement to welcome the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and pursue a “world without nuclear weapons and war” on January 22, 2021.
3. The Fifth Nationwide Research and Exchange Conference in Fukushima on Nuclear Power and Human Rights
March 2021 marks ten years since the Fukushima Nuclear Accident. JALANA is a member organization of the “Nuclear Power and Human Rights” Network. The Network holds “Nationwide Research and Exchange Conferences in Fukushima on Nuclear Power and Human Rights” every two years. The fifth Conference was held online this year due to the pandemic. Following the plenary session on April 3, JALANA and the Japan Lawyers International Solidarity Association (JALISA) co-organized a breakout session entitled “Think the relation between humans and nuclear power” on April 5. During the session, Shinichi Anami, lecturer of environmental thought, and Akiko Naono, sociologist, provided ideas from each perspective.
4. The 25th anniversary of the ICJ Advisory Opinion on nuclear weapons
Takeya Sasaki, IALANA co-president, and Kenichi Okubo, JALANA president contributed video messages to the IALANA webinar “LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING AHEAD: the 25th anniversary of the 1996 ICJ Advisory Opinion on the Legality of Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons!”
JALANA also held an online nuclear forum (see below for detail) as a national event on July 8. During the forum, Takeya Sasaki reported the role of the A-Bombed City Hiroshima and Japanese lawyers in the World Court Project. Toshinori Yamada provided a comparative observation of the 1996 ICJ Advisory Opinion and the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
5. Nuclear Forums
JALANA holds “nuclear forums” on occasional bases, which provide opportunities to study and discuss nuclear issues. This year, we organized an online series of lectures explaining the TPNW. The following table is what we have done and are planning in 2021.
|February13,2021||Toshinori Yamada||The contents of TPNW
|The Special Event : the25th anniversary of the 1996 ICJ Advisory Opinion|
|September 2,2021||Toshinori Yamada
|TPNW :Article 5～7
TPNW :Article 6 and International human rights law
|Towards the 1st Meeting of States Parties to TPNW|