Buddhist leader calls on Japan to scrap nuclear

A Buddhist leader is calling on Japan to scrap its nuclear power programme in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. In his 30th annual peace proposal released yesterday, Daisaku Ikeda, […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A Buddhist leader is calling on Japan to scrap its nuclear power programme in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

In his 30th annual peace proposal released yesterday, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, calls for a nuclear abolition summit to be held in 2015 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Ikeda, 84, wrote in the peace proposal: “As made painfully clear by the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant that accompanied the devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan last March, a rapid transition to an energy policy that is not dependent on nuclear power is urgently required.”

The leader of the worldwide Buddhist movement wants a nuclear-free world where all governments sign up to a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC) to ban nuclear weapons.