2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the end of nuclear weapons testing in Semipalatinsk, the primary testing venue for the Soviet Union’s nuclear weapons, the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia, and the ratification by Kazakhstan as the 26th country to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
This year also marks the first showing of the Russian-language version of the exhibition ‘Everything You Treasure – For a World Free from Nuclear Weapons’, from October 2-13 in Nur-Sultan city, the capital of Kazakhstan.
The exposition which Soka Gakkai International (SGI) made in collaboration with International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was first shown in 2012 in Hiroshima, the sight of first ever nuclear bombings along with Nagasaki. It has since been seen in 90 cities in 20 countries. Kazakhstan is the 21st country to host it.
IDN-INPS Multimedia Director Katsuhiro Asagiri, after covering the opening ceremony of the exhibition at the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbassy, joined the SGI delegation headed by Mr. Hirotsugu Terasaki, Director General of Peace and Global Issues of the SGI, a two-day field trip to Semey city and Kurchatova town in East Kazakhstan Region, once the center of operations for the adjoining Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site.
Below are print and video coverage by INPS and its partner media Kazinform:
Nuclear Abolition Exhibition Boosts Japan-Kazakh Relations (by IDN-InDepthNews)
Antinuclear policy consolidates Japan and Kazakhstan (by Kazinform)
SGI Japan delegation visited Semey (by Kazinform)
Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition “Everything You Treasure – For a World Free from Nuclear Weapons”
Remark by Mr. Gennadi Shipovckih, member of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Field Trip by SGI Delegation to Semey City and the former Nuclear Test site of Semipalatinsk.
[INPS-IDN – October 2019]