INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN TOKYO. "KAZAKHSTAN-JAPAN: THE PATH TO A NUCLEAR-FREE WORLD»

Today, September 19, the UN University Tokyo (Japan) hosted the international conference "Kazakhstan-Japan: the path to a nuclear-free world" in the framework of the research and exhibition project of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Elbassy. The conference is devoted to the most important aspects of the activities of Elbassy N. Nazarbayev in the development of the global movement for a nuclear-free world.

  

Opening the conference, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Japan Yerlan Baudarbek-Kozhataev noted the global contribution of the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to the development of the movement for a nuclear-free world, as well as fruitful cooperation between Kazakhstan and Japan in the field of a nuclear test ban.

"On August 29 this year, Kazakhstan submitted to the United Nations Secretariat a document that brought one step closer the prospects for the entry into force of another historic Treaty, which for the first time will establish a legal ban on nuclear weapons. Ratification of this Treaty will give us the moral right to continue active work in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation," E. Baudarbek-Kozhataev said.

In his welcoming speech, former Deputy Secretary-General of the UN Yasushi Akashi praised the efforts of Japan and Kazakhstan in informing the world community about the disastrous consequences of nuclear weapons for the whole world.

"The destruction of nuclear weapons is a very important topic for which we must take decisive action. We must introduce a ban on nuclear weapons, their transportation, and storage. We must ensure transparency in our policy towards nuclear disarmament. Japan has made every effort to make a proposal to the UN on nuclear non-proliferation not only in Kazakhstan but also in other countries of Central Asia in order to make them a nuclear-weapon-free zone," Y. Akashi said. 

Director of the Library of Elbassy, Doctor of political sciences, Professor Amerkhan Rakhimzhanov expressed confidence that the results of the conference will make a great contribution to building a world free of nuclear weapons.

"One of the most serious problems of the 21st century was the threat of nuclear terrorism and illicit trafficking of nuclear and radioactive materials. Today, all the political will of the world community including Kazakhstan and Japan is required to eliminate all negative trends. Nursultan Nazarbayev said: "Each of us bears his share of responsibility for ensuring that the split atom does not split our world." Kazakhstan believes that only through international cooperation it is possible to ensure the national security of states without nuclear weapons," A. Rakhimzhanov stressed.

Honorary Ambassador of the "ATOM" project, the famous Kazakh artist Karipbek Kuyukov presented his art works on anti-nuclear themes to the Japanese public during the conference. In his report, he emphasized the contribution of Elbassy to building a world free of nuclear weapons, as well as the fact that Kazakhstan is the first country in the world to voluntarily abandon its largest arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Head of the representative office of Nagasaki in Tokyo Hisato Mitsutake gave the participants the appeal of Mayor of Nagasaki Tomihisa Taue in which he thanked the organizers for their efforts in eliminating nuclear weapons and strengthening peace on earth.

"Nagasaki, which has passed through such a test, expresses a sincere wish: let Nagasaki be the last city on Earth, on which an atomic bomb was dropped. There are still about 14 thousand nuclear warheads in the world, the international situation on nuclear weapons is extremely uncertain. Here and now civil society must unite even more and speak louder in favor of the existence of a world without nuclear weapons," H. Mitsutake said.

In his speech, President of the Goi Peace Fund Hiroo Saionji recalled that the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan was awarded a Special Prize of the culture of peace in 2016 for outstanding leadership in building a nuclear-free world.

"Kazakhstan and Japan suffered from nuclear weapons. And our task is to let future generations know about this tragedy. This is our common mission - Japan and Kazakhstan. The starting point should be a change in the thinking of all citizens of the world, we must direct our common efforts to build a nuclear-free world," H. Saionji expressed his opinion.

Speaking at the reception after the conference, Chairman of the Japanese parliamentary League of friendship with Kazakhstan Takeo Kawamura noted the special role of cooperation in the field of nuclear non-proliferation between Japan and Kazakhstan, stressing that this position of the two countries is an unprecedented example on the world stage.

The participants of the conference watched a film prepared by the Television and Radio Complex of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The film became a kind of prologue to the visiting scientific and exhibition project.

About 300 participants of the conference signed the ATOM project petition calling on the leaders of nuclear-weapon states to legally put an end to nuclear testing and to ensure the entry into force of the comprehensive nuclear-test-ban Treaty.

The conference was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Japan together with the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Elbassy with the support of the Office and Fund of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Elbassy and the Japanese Goi Peace Fund.

Visiting scientific and exhibition project of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Elbassy "Kazakhstan-Japan: the path to a nuclear-free world" in addition to the international conference includes an exhibition from the collections of the Library of Elbassy, which was opened today at the UN University in Tokyo.

    

For the first time since the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, the exhibition presents the initiatives of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to create a world free of nuclear weapons.

The exhibition presents more than 350 items-exhibits, archival documents, photos, and videos fully reflecting the origins and content of the concept of a world that uses atomic energy for peaceful purposes. Based on the museum, archival and book materials, the global scale of the personality of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan is shown, which has formed the principles for the creation and development of a nuclear disarmament system and global security.