Protest Letters against Nuclear Tests

Protest Letters on Display in the Peace Memorial Museum (Affixed to Walls Supporting the A-bomb Dome Model) Protest Letters on Display in the Peace Memorial Museum (Affixed to Walls Supporting the A-bomb Dome Model) Protest Letter
Protest letters attached to the supporting walls of a replica of the A-bomb Dome at the Peace Memorial Museum (left and center), and a protest letter (right)

Nuclear testing is linked to the development of nuclear weapons. The city of Hiroshima issues a formal letter of protest against all such tests, including subcritical nuclear tests. The protest is sent directly to the country responsible. These protests began on September 9, 1968, after the French test of a hydrogen bomb. To date, 597 formal protests have been issued. Prohibiting nuclear testing may not be a direct form of nuclear disarmament, but it does inhibit efforts to improve weapon performance or develop new nuclear weapons. Thus, we regard the test ban as the point of departure for nuclear disarmament.

Beginning on July 16, 1945, when the US conducted the first test of an atomic weapon, nuclear-weapon states have conducted more than 2,000 nuclear weapon tests.

*Number of Protest Letters by Country and Year

In addition to protesting these nuclear tests, the city also issues official protests and demands concerning other nuclear issues.

2011
Protest letter against the U.S. nuclear test (July 20, 2011)
Protest letter against the U.S. nuclear test (May 23, 2011)

2010
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (October 13, 2010)

2009
Protest letter against the DPRK nuclear test (May 26, 2009)

2006
Protest letter against the DPRK nuclear test (October 10, 2006)
Protest letter against the DPRK previous announcement of nuclear test (October 5, 2006)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (August 31, 2006)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (February 24, 2006)
Protest letter against the U.K. subcritical nuclear test (February 24, 2006)

2004
Protest letter against the Russia subcritical nuclear test (August 11, 2004)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (May 26, 2004)

2003
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (September 20, 2003)

2002
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (September 27, 2002)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (August 30, 2002)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (June 8, 2002)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (February 15, 2002)
Protest letter against the U.K. subcritical nuclear test (February 15, 2002)

2001
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (December 14, 2001)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (September 27, 2001)

2000
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (December 15, 2000)
Protest letter against the Russia subcritical nuclear test (November 3, 2000)
Protest letter against the Russia subcritical nuclear test (September 5, 2000)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (August 19, 2000)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (April 7, 2000)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (March 23, 2000)
Protest letter against the Russia subcritical nuclear test (February 5, 2000)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (February 4, 2000)

1999
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (November 10, 1999)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (October 1, 1999)
Protest letter against the U.S. previous announcement of subcritical nuclear test (September 29, 1999)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (February 10, 1999)

1998
Protest letter against the Russia subcritical nuclear test (December 25, 1998)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (December 12, 1998)
Protest letter against the Russia subcritical nuclear test (December 10, 1998)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (September 27, 1998)
Protest letter against the U.S. previous announcement of subcritical nuclear test (September 4, 1998)
Protest letter against the Pakistan nuclear test (May 30, 1998)
Protest letter against the Pakistan nuclear test (May 29, 1998)
Protest letter against the India nuclear test (May 14, 1998)
Protest letter against the India nuclear test (May 12, 1998)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (March 26, 1998)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (March 6, 1998)

1997
Protest letter against the Russia subcritical nuclear test (November 14, 1997)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (September 19, 1997)
Protest letter against the U.S. previous announcement of subcritical nuclear test (August 28, 1997)
Protest letter against the U.S. subcritical nuclear test (July 3, 1997)
Protest letter against the U.S. previous announcement of subcritical nuclear test (June 28, 1997)
Protest letter against the U.S. announcement of intention to carry out subcritical nuclear test (April 10, 1997)

1996
Protest letter against the China nuclear test (July 29, 1996)
Protest letter against the China nuclear test (June 8, 1996)
Protest letter against the France nuclear test (January 28, 1996)

1995
Protest letter against the France nuclear test (December 28, 1995)
Protest letter against the France nuclear test (November 22, 1995)
Protest letter against the France nuclear test (October 28, 1995)
Protest letter against the France nuclear test (October 2, 1995)
Protest letter against the France nuclear test (September 2, 1995)
Protest letter against the China nuclear test (August 17, 1995)
Protest letter against the France previous announcement of resumption of nuclear test (June 15, 1995)
Protest letter against the China nuclear test (May 15, 1995)

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