The Japanese Government’s Special Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons

April 25, 2017


 
    

As the only country to have ever suffered atomic bombings, the government of Japan believes that it is its duty to humanity to pass on accurate information regarding the real consequence of the use of nuclear weapons to the international community and to future generations.
 
With this recognition, the Foreign Ministry of Japan has launched a program called “Special Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons”, by which atomic bombing survivors share their first-hand experience with the international community and future generations.
 
Moreover, as the atomic bombings survivors are aging, it is becoming more imperative that the government and the civil society should cooperate effectively in promoting disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, with a view to maintaining and strengthening the momentum towards “a World without Nuclear Weapons.”  Therefore, the Foreign Ministry has given the next generation of young people the title “Youth Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons”, and entrusted them with this mission.
 
In March last year, the government of Japan inaugurated “The International Networking Initiative of Youth Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons,” and has since been promoting this program by commissioning young people from around the world to serve as the “Youth Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons.”
 
Since the delegation of both “Special” and “Youth” “Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons” will visit Sri Lanka and have occasions to offer their testimony about their experiences to Sri Lankan people (10:30~12:00 at Office of National Unity and Reconciliation, and 14:00~16:00 at Sri Lanka Unite Head Office for Testimony) on April 27 as part of their international tour, the Foreign Ministry hopes that their activities here will promote proper understanding among Sri Lankan people on the disastrous consequence of the use of nuclear weapons and will lead to further efforts by the international community toward “a World without Nuclear Weapons.”