MIZOBE Yasuo
   Department   Undergraduate School  , School of Global Japanese Studies
   Position   Professor
Language English
Publication Date 2018/03
Type Bulletin of Universities and Institutes
Peer Review With peer review
Title An Overview of Japanese-African Relations and the 1960s Campaigns against the Atomic Bomb: Based on an Analysis of the 1962 Accra Assembly of the World Without the Bomb
Contribution Type Sole-authored
Journal Global Japanese Studies Review
Journal TypeJapan
Volume, Issue, Pages 10(1),pp.55-70
Details In June 1962, a week-long international conference titled 'The World Without the Bomb' was convened in Accra, Ghana, attracting approximately 130 participants, mainly from the Non- Aligned Countries, who discussed the issues of disarmament and denuclearisation. Among the convention attendees were three Japanese: Shinzo Hamai, the then mayor of Hiroshima City; Ichiro Moritaki, a professor at the Hiroshima University and a leader of the anti-atomic and hydrogen bomb movement and Tomi Kora, a leading female activist and a former member of the House of Councilors. Through an examination of official documents, press reports and private papers collected in Japan, Ghana, Kenya and Britain, this study analyses how the anti- nuclear arms conference held in Ghana impacted campaigns against atomic and hydrogen bombs in Japan as well as how Japan, as a victim of nuclear bombing, influenced disarmament and denuclearisation movements in Africa in the early 1960s.