Peace Boat team coordinating the live broadcast


12 Hour Live Broadcast to Celebrate Nuclear Ban Treaty Entering into Force

Oct 31, 2020

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Weapons (TPNW) has achieved the ratification of 50 countries, and is now set to enter into force on January 22 next year - meaning that nuclear weapons will be banned under international law. Seventy-five years after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear weapons will finally be made illegal. In celebration of this historic milestone, Peace Boat held a twelve hour live broadcast on October 25 to reflect upon this landmark new phase in disarmament.

Peace Boat has been traveling around the world with hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to share their testimonies about the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, and has contributed to the passage of this treaty as a key partner of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

The online celebratory event was hosted by Peace Boat's Kawasaki Akira and Hatakeyama Sumiko, connecting from our studio in Tokyo live to celebrations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to the live voices of many Hibakusha, and to partners around the world including Setsuko Thurlow.

View the full programme below. While the majority of the programme is in Japanese language, please see the full programme listed below for segments also in English or Spanish.



15:46    Opening
28:31    Video message by music critic and composer Yukawa Reiko
33:24    Phone call with Setsuko Thurlow, Hibakusha in Canada
45:33    Message from Regis Savioz, Head of ICRC Delegation in Japan ***
49:38    Reflection on the first voyage of the Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project
1:23:52    Live with Hibakusha in Brazil
1:42:08    Reflection with Peace Boat Hibakusha Project former staff Ue Yasuho and Kobayashi Shingo
1:57:27    Messages from Latin America: Mayors for Peace Jorge Nunez and Casa Xitla Pablo Romo in Mexico, Pia Devoto in Argentina ***(Spanish)
2:33:11    Phone call with Sasamori Shigeo, Hibakusha in the US
2:40:20    Suzuki Tatsujiro of Nagasaki University Research Centre for Nuclear Weapons Abolition
2:50:02    Messages from the United States: Clifton Truman Daniel and Randy Rydell ***
3:06:24    Message from India: Thomas Mathew of SEEDS India ***
3:17:58    Virtual Tour of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru (Lucky Dragon Number 5) Exhibition Hall
3:45:39    Live performance by Setomayu
3:53:59    Hibakusha Sakashita Noriko and youth passing on testimony through song
4:33:49    Reflection on ICAN's Nobel Peace Prize: with Hibakusha Miyake Nobuo
5:10:34    The ICAN Rose - live from Tama Green Live Plaza
5:29:50    Former Mayor of Hiroshima, Akiba Tadatoshi
5:45:11    Hibakusha Kondo Koko
6:01:40    Hibakusha testimony through ventriloqy - Kotani Takako
6:29:22    Live broadcast from the actions in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Osaka
7:14:50    Akiko's A-bombed piano at the Hiroshima Peace Park Rest House - HOPE Project and Cho Misu in Korea
7:47:01    Social Book Cafe Hachidori in Hiroshima - Abiko Erika
7:58:40    Nagasaki youth initiatives
8:24:59    Messages from Europe:  World Without War in Spain, Maria Sotipolou from IPPNW Greece, Jean Marie Collin from ICAN France ***
9:04:09    Making Waves: Dave Sweeney and Gem Romuld from ICAN Australia ***
9:24:36    Pacific Peace Forum: former staff Anjeli Narandran ***
9:45:50    Former El Salvador Ambassador to the United Nations Ruben Escalante Hasbun ***
10:01:28    Live virtual tour of the Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels
10:18:34    Hibakusha Appeal - Hayashida Mitsuhiro and Tanaka Terumi
10:33:11    Youth Panel - what to do from here
11:16:33    Actor Azuma Chizuru and journalist Hori Jun
11:30:02    ICAN staff in Geneva - Beatrice Fihn, Daniel Hogsta, Celine Nahory ***
11:51:32    Finale