Antinuclear groups start events
Two major antinuclear organizations have begun holding events to mark the 63rd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The Japan Congress Against A- and H-Bombs, or Gensuikin, held an international forum Saturday in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and adopted a resolution against the planned deployment of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka.
About 100 people participated in the forum, with six panelists, including activists from China, South Korea and the United States, exchanging views on denuclearization in northeastern Asia and the deployment of the USS George Washington.
The Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs, or Gensuikyo, meanwhile, held an international forum Saturday in Hiroshima with 250 people taking part.
The forums were held amid news reports that water with trace amounts of radioactivity may have leaked for months from a U.S. nuclear-powered submarine when it traveled around the Pacific to ports in Guam, Japan and Hawaii.
The two groups will each hold rallies and other events in Hiroshima and Nagasaki through next Saturday.
The Japan Times: Monday, Aug. 4, 2008
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