Peace forum organizers split over nuclear energy

Japan's biggest labor group will alone organize this year's peace conventions in August in Hiroshima and Nagasaki due to differences over nuclear energy with two past co-hosts, one group said Tuesday.

Since 2005 the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or Rengo, the Japan Congress Against A- and H-Bombs, or Gensuikin, and the National Council for Peace and Against Nuclear Weapons, or Kakkin, have jointly hosted the annual conventions in pursuit of the abolition of nuclear weapons.

But at a press conference on Tuesday, officials of Gensuikin, which advocates the elimination of nuclear power generation, said it and Kakkin, calling for peaceful use of atomic power, will not be main organizers of this year's peace conventions. Instead they will be mere supporters of the events, which will be solely organized by Rengo.

The peace conventions have been held in Hiroshima and Nagasaki cities as part of a series of Gensuikin-sponsored antinuclear meetings. Last year, a total of about 11,000 people participated in the events in the two cities, according to Gensuikin.

Gensuikin will hold its series of antinuclear meetings as usual from July 28 to Aug. 9 in Fukushima, Hiroshima and Nagasaki cities.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki were devastated by U.S. atomic bombs at the end of World War II in 1945. Fukushima was hit hard by the March 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.