women and peace


Hiroshima on August 6th -- a city, a symbol, and a call to end the atomic age.

On the morning of August 6th, 1945, an unusual new kind of weapon was dropped on the city of Hiroshima. Three days later a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.

The Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs (Gensuikyo) was established in September 1955. Since then it has waged various kinds of campaigns for: the prevention of nuclear war; the total ban on and the elimination of nuclear weapons; and support and solidarity with Hibakusha (victims of the atomic bombing.)

For Japanese-led international action for abolition of nuclear weapons see:

See our special section on Hiroshima-Nagasaki

See also: demands for justice for women victims of Japan's military sexual slavery

Remembering Satomi Oba

In February 2005, t
he world lost a tireless educator and activist for peace. For months before her abrupt passing (at age 54), Satomi was focused on the 60th anniversary of the destruction of the city she called home.

Japan Summer 2004 (pdf format, 7 pages)
In this report Satomi Oba presents a personal overview of current issues in her native Japan. She discusses nuclear weapons and power, the international campaign to halt the militarization of space, and citizen action for peace.

Nukes and the Japanese society; The nuclear system, both military or civil, is one of the most violent ones that patriarchal society has invented and developed. Nuclear power grows particularly well in an undemocratic atmosphere.
Satomi Oba, WISE News Communique on May 11, 1999
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