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Our Planet TV interview インタビュー

An interview with Kawasaki Akira – Peace Boat Executive Committee member and leader of the G8 NGO Forum Peace & Human Rights Unit can now be seen on Our Planet TV’s special broadcast from Hokkaido. This episode also features footage of the International Media Centre, various scenes from civil society activities around the Summit, and an indepth interview with Tessa Morris-Suzuki of Australia’s National University (ANU).
(Japanese only)


ピースボート共同代表・G8NGOフォーラム平和・人権ユニットの川崎哲のインタビューは、ただいまOur Planet TVでご覧になれます。


Last day in Hokkaido 北海道・最後の日

Some photographs of our last day in Hokkaido – leaving Niseko where we were staying, with a quick detour to have a look at the actual venue of Toyako – now that the G8 leaders had left and we were allowed in. We took kyuto (the Global Article 9 Campaign mascot) along for some quick sightseeing after a long week’s work as well!
It was very interesting to visit the town actually – just walking around you would never know that until the day before the G8 Summit had actually been held there, being very quiet and with all the residents just walking around and going about their usual business. The only visible remnant of the Summit was the few peculiar souvenir tshirts, “eco-bags” and kewpie dolls in the traditional costumes of the G8 countries on sale at the local produce shop!
Then back to Sapporo to say bye to everyone at the Sapporo Peace Boat Centre – thanks to them for all their support this week too!



Peace Boat statement on disarmament


Talking about disarmament is all well and good…

But first disarm yourselves!

1.The G8 Summit statement issued on 8 July on “political issues” addressed the issue of nuclear disarmament – an outcome that has not been seen in any recent G8 Summits, and which we praise. Particularly important are the clear commitments to “strengthening… multilateral non-proliferation and disarmament instruments” and working to “achieve a successful outcome of the 2010 NPT Review Conference,” and we call for sincere action towards these outcomes.

2.While this statement “welcomes” efforts of the G8 nuclear-weapon States in their reductions, at the same time it also calls for all nuclear-weapon States to make “transparent reductions”. This is almost as if the G8 countries are fulfilling their responsibilities, yet the non-G8 countries are not transparent – a statement with serious political connotations and lacking balance.


Peace Boat & Greenpeace Japan Joint Statement


Toyako, July 8, 2008

Countries with nuclear industries are promoting nuclear exports in the name of a response to global warming. They are providing support for and putting in place systems to facilitate nuclear exports. In these countries construction of new nuclear power plants is in decline, due to such factors as public opposition and cost. Despite these circumstances, several G8 countries, including Japan, are promoting nuclear power. Stated another way, the reason why these countries want to export nuclear plants is because it is difficult for them to build new plants in their own countries.

On July 8, heads of the G8 governments released a Summit Document entitled “Environment and Climate Change”. The document says, “We witness that a growing number of countries have expressed their interests in nuclear power programs as a means to addressing climate change and energy security concerns. These countries regard nuclear power as an essential instrument in reducing dependence on fossil fuels and hence greenhouse gas emissions.” The document continues, “safeguards (nuclear nonproliferation), nuclear safety and nuclear security (3S) are fundamental principles for the peaceful use of nuclear energy” and states that “an international initiative proposed by Japan on 3S-based nuclear energy infrastructure will be launched.”
However, after over fifty years of using nuclear power (euphemistically referred to as “peaceful use” or “civilian use”), the governments and nuclear industries of those countries with nuclear power plants have so far failed to fulfill these 3S principles.


誰だって平和に生きたい – We All Want to Live in Peace

We All Want to Live in Peace
8 July (Tues), 10am-1pm
Sapporo Convention Centre
Organised by the G8 NGO Forum Peace and Human Rights Unit

Uemura Hideaki (Citizens’ Centre for Diplomacy)
Yoshida Misako (Japan United for Ministries of Peace, JUMP)
シンポジウム Symposium


Kawasaki Akira (Peace Boat)
Takahashi Kiyotaka (Japan International Volunteer Centre, JVC)
Suzuki Fumi (Space Allies)
Morita Akihiko (Network Against Trafficking in Persons)
Ito Kazuko (Lawyer, Human Rights Now)
Okouchi Hidehito (Campaign for the Children of Palestine) 

This session focused on the issues on the G8 agenda, as well as questioning the way the Summit is actually being held, from the perspective of peace and human rights. Presentations from the panellists were as follows.


原子力・不拡散に関する記者会見 / Press Con: Nuclear Power and Non-Proliferation

Press Con: Nuclear Power and Non-Proliferation

Re: the Initiative on 3-S Based Nuclear Energy Infrastructure

2008年7月8日(火) 20:30~
8 July 2008 (Tues), 20:30, NGO Press Briefing Room

発言 Speakers

川崎哲 / Kawasaki Akira
ピースボート共同代表 / Peace Boat Executive Committee
2008 G8 NGO Forum Peace and Human Rights Unit Leader

鈴木真奈美 / Suzuki Manami
グリーンピース・ジャパン / Greenpeace Japan
連絡先 / Contacts
 川崎哲/Kawasaki Akira, 090-8310-5370, kawasaki[a]peaceboat.gr.jp
 メリ・ジョイス/Meri Joyce, 080-3457-9714, meri[a]peaceboat.gr.jp

G8に9条を! Article 9 to the G8!

     Rashed Al Titumir(Action Aid/バングラディシュ)

A World WIthout War – the Role of the G8 and Japan’s Peace Constitution
7 July (Mon), 7-9pm
L Plaza Sapporo, 2F Environment Study Room
Organised by the Global Article 9 Campaign and Peace Boat
Speakers: Kawasaki Akira (Peace Boat)
        Tsukushi Takehiko (Foundation for Human Rights in Asia)
        Nagasawa Masataka (Japan Catholic Council for Justice and Peace)
        Rashed Al Titumir (Action Aid / Bangladesh)

As this event was being held away from the main venue of the Peoples Summit (the Convention Centre), we were worried about whether there would be many participants, but we were relieved to see almost all seats in the room full!
The first part of this session was a presentation of a DVD showing the Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War, which was held in Japan this May, followed by presentations from each of the speakers.