September 5th, 2001

City of Arcata's
Nuclear Weapons
Free Zone Commission

736 F Street
Arcata, CA 95521 (USA)

HOYA CORPORATION
(Hoya group global headquarters)
2-7-5 Naka-Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku,
Tokyo 161-8525 Japan

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to you on behalf of the City of Arcata's Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Commission. Our commission is dedicated to keeping the City of Arcata, and its citizens, out of any investment, contractual agreement, or other involvement with any and all corporations that are serving in any function with the research and development of nuclear weapons technology. It has come to our attention that Hoya Corporation is one of two companies worldwide that are providing Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with its exorbitant demand for laser glass. For reasons of conscience, we feel it necessary to share our thoughts and feelings with you, and your company, about your involvement with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the National Ignition Facility; and to summarily request that Hoya Corporation cease any and all laser glass shipments to the National Ignition Facility.

We have long been aware of the unethical activities taking place at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and have been keeping a close eye on its plans to construct what is called the National Ignition Facility (NIF). We have had several scientists, who at one time worked for LLNL but resigned in protest of the deceptions they encountered, come to our city to speak out against the research and development taking place at LLNL. They stand in solidarity with countless scientists who believe that the further development and eventual proliferation of nuclear weapon technology is an affront to not only the scientific community, but to the well being of all humanity now and for generations to come.

The rhetoric that has been filtering out of the LLNL to the public regarding the NIF's purpose has been deceiving, to say the very least. According to LLNL, the only purpose for the NIF is to ensure the "safety and reliability" of the nuclear arsenal and to investigate the possibility of using fusion as an energy source. The true nature of the NIF is something altogether different, and foreboding. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) records, as well as LLNL's own records, indicate an entirely different agenda and purpose for the NIF. If the NIF is built, its mega-laser will focus 192 laser beams on a deuterium-tritium fuel pellet in an attempt to achieve a nuclear fusion ignition. Listed below is just a sample of what such a test is designed to accomplish:

  1. "...play an essential role in accessing physics regimes of interest in nuclear weapon design and to provide nuclear weapon-related physics data, particularly in the area of secondary design;"
  2. ...provide an aboveground simulation capability for nuclear weapon effects on strategic, tactical, and space assets (including sensors and command and controls);"
  3. Increase the accuracy of weapons simulation and design codes;
  4. Keep the current generation of weapons scientists and associates employed and skilled;
  5. Attract and train a new generation of weapons scientists and associated workers.

With this agenda, it is clear that the research taking place at the NIF will lead to new advances in strategic and tactical nuclear weapons technology, ensure that future generations of young men and women will be working for war and not for peace, as well undermine the dedicated work of millions of concerned citizens working to slow and ultimately eliminate the proliferation of such immorality.

As you well know, along with Schott Glass, Hoya Corporation is one of only two companies worldwide that are equipped to produce the tremendous volume of laser glass that is demanded by the NIF to achieve its goals. The implication is that Hoya Corporation has a tremendous influence over the NIF's questionable future. Your company is in a unique position to create a lasting positive legacy. Hoya Corporation has the very real potential to render the NIF impotent for years to come by starving it of much of its needed laser glass. The City of Arcata's Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Commission stands in solidarity with the countless civil, peace, and consumer groups in Japan, along with the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to implore your company to do what is right for the kind and beautiful people of Japan, and the world:

Cease any and all shipments of your laser glass to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and its National Ignition Facility.

Most Sincerely,

The Commissioners of the
City of Arcata's Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Commission