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Barefoot Gen Manga Comes to Non-Proliferation Conference

The Japanese government will bring BAREFOOT GEN, based on the semiautobiographical manga by atomic bomb survivor Keiji Nakazawa, at the Preparatory Committee For 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in Vienna, Austria. Japan will present English-translated copies to attendees of the event, which runs from April 30 to May 11, 2007.

This is the first of three sessions of the Preparatory Committee that will be held prior to the 2010 Review Conference. This session, which is open to all parties to the Treaty, observer States, specialized agencies, international and regional intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations, will address substantive and procedural issues related to the Treaty and the upcoming Review Conference in 2010.

The Chairman designate of the first session is Ambassador Yukiya Amano of Japan.

The purpose of the session is to prepare for the Review Conference in terms of assessing the implementation of each article of the Treaty and facilitating discussion on any issue raised by parties to the Treaty with a view to making recommendations to the Review Conference.

The Treaty, which entered into force in 1970 and was extended indefinitely in 1995, requires that review conferences be held every five years.

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