Hiromichi Umebayashi, a PhD holder in applied physics, is Special Advisor,
former President and Founder of the Peace Depot Inc., a non-profit organization
based in Yokohama, Japan. He is also Visiting Professor and former Director
of the RECNA (Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University).
He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Tests Monitor,
a bi-weekly Japanese publication which covers regional security and
nuclear issues since 1995, and the East Asian Coordinator of the
Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament
is known as one of the key leaders of the well-known 1972 massive
civil movement in Japan to resist the transportation of the U.S. Army
tanks from the U.S. Army Sagami General Depot in Japan to the Vietnam
War field. The non-violent civil resistance successfully stopped the
tank transportation for 100 days. He also led as Chair the National
Movement against the Deployment of US Cruise Missile Tomahawk in 1983
to 1992, while he joined in organizing the Pacific Campaign to Disarm
the Seas (PCDS, later renamed Pacific Campaign for Disarmament and
Security), a regional anti-nuke citizen group network covering eight
countries in the Rim of the Pacific, in 1985. He served as its
international coordinator for the period from 1990 to 2007. He was
also instrumentally engaged in a human right movement gPeoplefs
Solidarity between Japan and ROKh for democratization of ROK and
saving Kim Dae-Jung during the period from 1976 to 1984.
efforts of Peace Depot to establish a NEA-NWFZ under his leadership
was awarded the 2007 Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Province Peace Prize by
Gangwon Province of South Korea, the only province in the Korean
Peninsula which is situated in both North Korea and South Korea,
divided by the DMZ. He and the Peace Depot also won 2008 Peace Prize
of Japan Association of Peace Studies.
studied solid state physics and received his doctorate in applied
physics in Tokyo University. He taught at Tokyo Metropolitan
Technical College but resigned from teaching in 1980, to become a
fulltime campaigner and researcher for peace, disarmament and human
is the author of many books, including gComprehensive Approach to a
Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in Northeast Asiah (in Japanese and
English, Chief Editor, 2015), gNuclear Weapon Free Zone: A Way to a
Nuclear Weapon Free Worldh (in Japanese, 2011), (in Korean, 2014),
gThe Aim of the US Forces Realignmenth (in Japanese, an Iwanami
Booklet, 2006), "A Northeast Asia Nuclear-Weapon Free Zone,"
(Co-editor, in Japanese and Korean, 2005), "Regional Security in
Northeast Asia: From Rule of US Forces to Rule of Law"
(Co-author, 2004), "The US Forces Japanh (in Japanese, an
Iwanami Shinsho, 2002), "Nuclear Disarmament in 21st Century"
(in Japanese, Co-author, 2000). He is also the
Supervising Editor of the Year Book gNuclear Disarmament &
Peace -- for Citizens and Local Authoritiesh (in Japanese) since 1998, and a frequent contributor to major Japanese newspaper and
periodicals, including "Asahi", "Mainichi" and "Sekai".