Day 2 – 第2回

I was fortunate enough to be present for today’s Session 4: Nuclear Safety and Security. Mr. Gustavo Caruso, Head of the Nuclear Safety Action Team with the IAEA, gave an exciting talk on the background of the IAEA and the role of the organization following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) accident. I was informed of the tireless efforts of the IAEA to ensure the safety of NPPs, and came to realize the importance of disaster preparation and NPP safety. A thorough review of the rules and regulations governing NPPs and an increased role for the IAEA in the process appeared a great idea to me!

Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkin’s presentation on Nuclear Terrorism highlighted to me the serious threats posed by nuclear terrorism not only in Asia, but across the entire globe. Just the terms ‘nuclear weapons’ and ‘terrorists’ used in the same sentence function as a reminder of the potential fallout if the two were ever truly combined. For this reason, initiatives such as Resolution 1540 should be pursued with the utmost priority.

Mr. Miles Pomper’s presentation illuminated an interesting and personal issue for me – the ongoing reprocessing of nuclear fuel in Japan when the future of nuclear power in the country remains uncertain. It seems to me that, as the country seeks to recover from the Fukushima fallout, it is only digging deeper the hole from which it is trying to escape. Similarly, increasing domestic stocks of plutonium surely functions as a poor example for other countries.

The notion of a ‘nuclear renaissance’ strikes me as a real concern following the Fukushima accident – it seems odd to me that though the world should be more alert to the dangers associated with nuclear power, countries continue to increase their reliance on it in order to meet new demands when they should be seeking sustainable and renewable sources of energy. The emergence of certain international developments that could damper the nuclear renaissance provided me with a slight relief, though I do hope the advent of a ‘nuclear renaissance’ never comes to be.Through the images on her presentation slides, Ms. Kay Kitazawa drove home the lessons of 03/11/2011 and the Fukushima fallout.

I’ve learned that the issues associated with nuclear technology run deep and are not only limited to civilian uses of nuclear energy. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative are just two of many efforts made in an attempt to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Today reminded me that even though a world free of the risks associated with nuclear weapons and a reliance on nuclear energy is a long way off, we must continue to believe and never lose hope!

Your student blogger,








Day 1 – 第1回

Today, I was fortunate enough to sit in on Session 3: “Small Arms and Light Weapon Control”. According to a UN report on small arms and light weapons by government experts, there are three types of small arms, including those “small arms” which can be transported by an individual, “light weapons” which are often vehicle mounted and mobile, and high explosives. These weapons form the broad category of weaponry entitled Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and are possessed, both legally and illegally, in massive quantities by militant groups, non-government actors and human rights abusers. I was shocked to hear that these weapons account for over half a million civilian deaths every year.

In fact, small arms are called “de facto mass-destruction weapons”. Small arms not only intensify conflicts, but also disturb humanitarian relief operations and foster the recurrence of disputes. I heard that in order to solve this problem, we need a very elaborate solution. I feel a robust Arms Trade Treaty would constitute a step in the right direction.

Like nearly all non-proliferation and disarmament issues, stemming the illegal flow of SALW is extremely difficult. SALW ultimately represent an impediment to one day attaining world peace. I feel exceptionally honored to have the opportunity to actively participate in seeking a solution to a global issue as important as peace and disarmament through this Conference.

Honorary Conference Blogger and Student,
Honma Yoshiki






Vincent – ヴィンセント

Thank you everyone for visiting this blog. I am Vincent, a Malaysian who has been studying in Japan for the past 5 years. I had very little knowledge of the issue of “disarmament” prior to being offered the chance to take part in the Conference on Disarmament Issues. For this, I feel very lucky as this is my last year as a student and taking part in the “Special Session: World Student Peace Meeting” on the final day of the Conference represents an incredible opportunity.

Malaysia is a multiracial country in which the people enjoy the right to freedom of religion. Having grown up in such a lovely and peaceful country, and having had the chance to serve in the Malaysian National Service, I’ve come to appreciate the merits of military service, even in a peaceful country like Malaysia. After much debate and discussion with my fellow classmates, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of disarmament issues as well. Hearing the opinion of specialists from around the world at the Conference on Disarmament Issues will undoubtedly be a mind blowing experience from which I expect to learn much.

I will be blogging here on the 2nd day of the Conference. Stay tuned!




Aye – エイ

Hallo all! My name is Aye and I am a Myanmarian student studying in Japan. I’d like to talk briefly about my thoughts on disarmament prior to getting caught up in all of the Conference activity. A political system such as the one found in my homeland of Myanmar leads one to ask “Exactly what is the military for?” Most people think of the military as the force that protects the country and goes to war. But, in Myanmar half of all public officials are members of the armed forces. It has been this way since I was child. For this reason, I feel that the military plays a very important and necessary role in Myanmar distinct from other countries.
When I first heard about “disarmament”, I didn’t wholly understand its meaning. After much debate with my classmates, I began to understand the importance of disarmament, especially in a global context. I’ve since taken a personal interest in the issue of disarmament and have learned much on the topic. I am truly looking forward to hearing the opinions of the distinguished participants at the 24th annual UN Conference on Disarmament Issues.

Your student blogger,





24th UN Conference on Disarmament Issues – 国連軍縮会議

Hello all! Welcome and we hope you are doing well! Firstly, we’d like to take a moment to introduce ourselves as your faithful Conference bloggers. Vincent is a Malaysian student who is studying in Japan; Aye is a Myanmarian student studying in Japan; and Shoko is from Japan. We’ll all be reporting from Shizuoka and can’t wait for the 24th UN Conference on Disarmament Issues to start! As this will be our first time attending such an event, we are looking forward to learning as much as possible while sharing our different experiences and perspectives at the Conference with all of you. See you guys around!

Your student bloggers,
Vincent, Aye and Shoko