Nuclear Disarmament

Ikeda Urges G7 Leaders to Adopt "No First Use"

| Mitch Bogen
Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Photo by Giovanni Boccardi; Copyright, UNESCO

TOKYO: On 27 April 2023, Daisaku Ikeda, founder of the Ikeda Center and president of the Soka Gakkai International, issued a statement calling on the leaders of the G7 countries meeting in Hiroshima from 19-21 May to take bold steps toward resolving the conflict in Ukraine and guarantee the security of all humanity by taking the lead in discussions on pledges of No First Use of nuclear weapons.

Ikeda, an ardent proponent of nuclear weapons abolition since the 1960s, sees the G7 Summit in Hiroshima as a chance to build on the unwavering activism of the hibakusha—survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings—and their determination that the tragic impacts of nuclear weapons never be experienced again.

Read the full statement