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DATE=1/18/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-244315 TITLE=JAPAN/INDIA ANTI-NUCLEAR (L-ONLY) BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: ANTI-NUCLEAR ACTIVISTS FROM JAPAN ARE URGING INDIANS TO JOIN A MOVEMENT FROM ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. ANJANA PASRICHA REPORTS FROM NEW DELHI, WHERE THE ACTIVISTS ARE MEETING A CROSS-SECTION OF PEOPLE. TEXT: A 10-MEMEBER JAPANESE DELEGATION IS VISITING 15 INDIAN CITIES, ASKING PEOPLE TO TAKE A STRONG STAND AGAINST DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN SOUTH ASIA. THE DELEGATES SAY THE JAPANESE ARE ADMIRERS OF THE TRADITION OF GANDHIAN NON-VIOLENCE, AND WERE SADDENED BY THE NUCLEAR TESTS IN INDIA AND PAKISTAN. THE TWO NATIONS CONDUCTED NUCLEAR TESTS LAST YEAR. POLLS IN BOTH COUNTRIES SHOWED STRONG PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE TESTS. THE JAPANESE ACTIVISTS SAY THEY ARE SEEKING GREATER SUPPORT FOR THE SMALL ANTI-NUCLEAR MOVEMENT IN INDIA, ACROSS INDIAN CITIES THEY ARE MEETING POLITICIANS, STUDENTS, AND VOLUNTARY GROUPS URGING THEM TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN FOR A 21ST CENTURY WITHOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS. AKIRA KASAI IS A MEMBER OF THE JAPANESE PARLIAMENT. HE WANTS INDIANS TO JOIN A SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED LAST YEAR IN 150 COUNTRIES SEEKING A TOTAL BAN ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS. IN NEW DELHI, MR. KASAI IS URGING MEMBERS OF A VOLUNTARY GROUP CALLED THE INDIAN COUNCIL OF WORLD AFFAIRS TO JOIN THE WORLD PEACE MOVEMENT. ////INSERT KASAI ACT /// WE FEEL VERY MUCH HEARTENED TO SEE PEOPLE'S OPINION AND MOVEMENT DEVELOPING IN INDIA OPPOSING DANGEROUS NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT AND DEMANDING THE ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WE KNOW VERY WELL THE HISTORICAL TRADITION OF THE INDIAN PEOPLE SEEKING FOR PEACE, DISARMAMENT AND NON-VIOLENCE. WE SINCERELY HOPE THAT WE WILL DEVELOP JOINT STRUGGLE WITH YOUR MOVEMENT (GROUP) TO REMOVE THE DANGER OF NUCLEAR ARMS RACE AND OUTBREAK OF NUCLEAR WAR, AND TO SWIFTLY ACHIEVE THE ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. /// END KASAI ACT /// AMONG THE ANTI-NUCLEAR ACTIVISTS IS A JAPANESE PROFESSOR, SATURO KONISHI. HE IS ONE OF THE SURVIVORS OF THE BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA --- AND IS NARRATING HIS EXPERIENCE TO INDIANS TO MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND WHAT HE CALLS THE HORRORS OF NUCLEAR WAR. BOTH INDIAN AND JAPANESE ANTI-NUCLEAR ACTIVISTS ALSO SAY THE PEOPLE OF INDIA NEED TO REALIZE THE MONEY BEING SPENT ON DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS COULD BE USED TO TACKLE ISSUES SUCH AS POVERTY AND ILLITERACY. (SIGNED) NEB/AP/TMD/KL 18-Jan-99 9:00 AM EST (1400 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .