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2021 146E The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games should not be held in summer 2021.

WP7 No.146E

May 5, 2021
Committee of Seven to Appeal for World Peace
(founded in 1955)
Yoshino Oishi, Michiji Konuma, Satoru Ikeuchi, Shin’ichiro Ikebe, Kaoru Takamura, Susumu Shimazono

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled within 80 days on. The selection of athletes is approached in the final stages. The Olympic torch relay started. However, on some games and matches the normal selection processes could not be taken but the athletes had to be chosen by past records. Some parts of the torch relay are cancelled in public road and are held in empty venues.

These are due to rapid expansion of pandemic of COVID-19 and its variants. The Japanese Government is issuing the Declaration for State of Emergency and the Intensive Measures Preventing the Spread of Virus successively. But these actions are failing to put an end to ever spreading the infection. Even experts commissioned by the government regard the present situation as the arrival of the fourth wave of the infection. This is much larger than the past three waves of infection. On the other hand, the Government repeats slow actions making light of scientific judgment and neglecting their advices. The vaccination against the present virus is terribly behind schedule. The commitment to treat variants is too slow. The PCR tests are still limited in Japan.

In Japan the medical care system is collapsing by severe shortage of manpower and beds for patients in serious condition in spite of tireless efforts of medical personnel. More cases of COVID-19 have been reported globally in recent weeks than past.

Fifteen thousand Olympic and Paralympic athletes will come into Japan. Tens of thousands of judges, officials, media and broadcasters will also enter Japan. Many of them will come from infected areas to severely infected Japan. Very many volunteers will be mobilized in Japan. Many medical beds, medical personnel and medical instruments and materials are necessary but Japan can’t afford to share them to the Olympics and Paralympics since even now the collapse of medical system is expanding in many areas in Japan. Spectators from abroad during the Olympics and the Paralympics have already been refused. Domestic fans are told to be cut out from any direct contacts with Olympians. They will also be possible to be refused from the venues. Concrete plans are not publicly shown for safe and secure Olympics and Paralympics.

The Olympic Charter says that, in Fundamental Principles of Olympism, 2. The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.

Many possible risks are not denied. In this situation we should stand at the safe side. The non-holding of the Olympics and the Paralympics in summer 2021 should be decided as soon as possible.

The Japanese version of this appeal was issued on April 20, 2021.

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2020 145E We oppose the military coup in Myanmar and urge the restoration and advancement of democratization

WP7 No.145E

February 8, 9(Rev.), 2021
Committee of Seven to Appeal for World Peace
Kinhide Mushakoji, Yoshino Oishi, Michiji Konuma, Satoru Ikeuchi, Shin’ichiro Ikebe, Kaoru Takamura, Susumu Shimazono

The military in Myanmar detained in the morning of February 1 the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and other National League for Democracy (NLD) officials across the country and declared the assumption of power. It was the day of the first parliamentary sessions after the great victory of the NLD which was founded by Aung San Suu Kyi and others in 1988 and the serious defeat of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) linked to the military in the general election in November 2020.
The election was held in a peaceful manner. According to the statement issued on the next day of the election by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the election was watched by many domestic and foreign election observer missions of more than 12,000 members in total including a team of 19 members dispatched by the Government of Japan and the election activities, voting and the vote counting were concluded as transparent and generally fair.
Nevertheless, the military and the USDP called for the investigation to clarify voting irregularities repeatedly and the Union Election Commission rejected the claim.
We never acknowledge the detention of the State Counsellor, President and others by the military who did not accept the result of the general election, denied the freedom of communication and strengthened its regulation.

1 The military in Myanmar should release all in custody in the present action immediately and unconditionally.
2. The military in Myanmar should remove all regulation of communication and guaranty the freedom of communication.
3. The Japanese Government should demand the military in Myanmar to respect the result of the election and to restore the situation, and make the utmost effort for advancement of its democratization.
4. Japanese companies which have supported military-linked counter parts in Myanmar should change the partners to contribute toward the advancement of democratization.

Revised on February 9, 2021
“After the election the military and the USDP called for the investigation to clarify voting irregularities but the Union Election Commission rejected the claim. It is reported that a foreign election observation team evaluated the election generally fair.”
Is replaced by
“The election was held in a peaceful manner. According to the statement issued on the next day of the election by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the election was watched by many domestic and foreign election observer missions of more than 12,000 members in total including a team of 19 members dispatched by the Government of Japan and the election activities, voting and the vote counting were concluded as transparent and generally fair.
Nevertheless, the military and the USDP called for the investigation to clarify voting irregularities repeatedly and the Union Election Commission rejected the claim.”

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2020 143E Congratulations on the ratification of 50 states of the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons

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WP7 No.143E

October 25, 2020
Committee of Seven to Appeal for World Peace
Kinhide Mushakoji, Yoshino Oishi, Michiji Konuma, Satoru Ikeuchi, Shin’ichiro Ikebe, Kaoru Takamura, Susumu Shimazono

The nuclear weapons killed many lives in the world since Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The suffering of Hibakushas continues even today. The warheads of nuclear weapons are deployed with operational forces and a part of which are on high alert, ready for use on short notice. A new world will come shortly that the nuclear weapons are prohibited legally together with the Chemical and the Biological Weapons. The nuclear deterrence doctrine depending on nuclear weapons is not the way to world peace but an inhuman policy.

We urge strongly to the non-participating governments including Japan to sign and to ratify this treaty. We continue to appeal them to step together to a world without nuclear weapons which is clear trend of the present world community.

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In the midst of the disaster of the pandemic by the COVID-19.

A message to the World Pugwash on April 27, 2020.
Michiji Konuma, the Pugwash Japan,

This message was originally attached in a letter to the Secretary General of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. It was posted on the Pugwash Forum which provides a virtual space for Pugwashites (members of the Pugwash Conferences) to discuss and debate topical issues from a variety of perspectives. Anyone can use this message without permission although the author owns the copyright.

The new corona virus disease COVID-19 is engulfing the world.
The Black Death, the plague, became furious in Europe the 14th century.
The Spanish flu spread all over the world in the 20th century.
We have experienced the SARS and the MERS in this century.
The armament and the military equipment could not protect the nations against these diseases.
The arms race will be reversed to the arms control and the disarmament by the human wisdom.
Another urgent matter, the climate crisis, will be overcome by the human collaboration.
On the other hand, the pandemic by newly varietal virus will definitely and repeatedly come back to the human society.
We should redirect the military budget to the expenditure to avoid the collapse of medical care ant social activity including world economy in the present and future pandemic.
The World Pugwash should make every effort for this new way of thinking.
This is on the same line with the Russell-Einstein Manifesto:
Remember your humanity and forget the rest.

2020 139E Opposing the deployment of low-yield nuclear warhead on the US nuclear submarines.

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WP7 No.139E

February 14, 2020
Committee of Seven to Appeal for World Peace
Kinhide Mushakoji, Yoshino Oishi, Michiji Konuma, Satoru Ikeuchi, Shin’ichiro Ikebe, Kaoru Takamura, Susumu Shimazono

We, the Committee of Seven to Appeal for World Peace oppose the deployment of the low-yield nuclear warhead on the US ballistic missile nuclear submarines, because we worry about increase of the possibility of the use of nuclear weapon. We demand that the United States of America and all the other Nuclear States take the path towards the reduction and abolition of nuclear weapons.
John Rood, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the US Department of Defense issued the “Statement on the Fielding of the W76-2 Low-Yield Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Warhead” on February 4, 2020. This is realization of the policy stated in the Nuclear Posture Review 2018 of the Trump Administration. This statement corresponds with the contents in the article “US Deploys New Low-Yield Nuclear Sub marine Warhead” posted on January 29, 2020 on the website of the Federation of American Scientists.
According to this article and others the 14 Strategic Nuclear Submarines possessed by the US have each 20 Ballistic Missiles with nuclear warheads W76-1 of 90 kiloton or W88 of 455 kilotons. On the Tennessee, one of these submarines stationed in a submarine base of the Atlantic Coast one or two low-yield warheads W76-2 were installed last year. It is reported that W76-2 is a reformed model of W76-1 using only the nuclear detonator excluding the hydrogen part. The Tennessee is reported to have been deployed on an operational patrol in late 2019 and to have returned to the submarine base on January 11, 2020.
The statement of the US Department of Defense acknowledges that this supplemental capacity strengthens deterrence and provides the United States a prompt, more survivable low-yield strategic weapon; supports their commitment to extended deterrence; and demonstrates to potential adversaries that there is no advantage to limited nuclear employment because the USA can credibly and decisively respond to any threat scenario. However, the submarine invisibility is much higher than any land-based missiles and any strategic nuclear bombers, and its prompt nuclear capacity implies that it can also be used for a preemptive nuclear attack. This possibility, given past errors of judgements, and given the policy of the USA to use its nuclear weapons for the first use and even against non-nuclear attacks, this new measure clearly increases the danger of using the nuclear weaponry. Even if the power of the detonation is less than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki cases, the use of any nuclear weapon covers the whole earth with radioactive materials, and open the road to the use of higher-yield nuclear weapons.
Nuclear weapons are inhumane and their use as well as their threat to use should be prohibited under any circumstances. This is the opinion of the majority of the Japanese and is also the opinion of the global civil society expressed by the victims of nuclear weapons around the world and by all the nations supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. We clearly remember the recent statements against nuclear weapons in Nagasaki and in Hiroshima by Pope Francis who visited Japan last year. We cannot accept the fielding of new low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missile nuclear warhead on the US nuclear submarines, which is also clearly ignoring the obligation of member States in the Article 6, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons which celebrates this year its 50th anniversary.

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