Back to Tokyo

After a long week of campaigning, networking, translating, and going back and forth along picturesque roads between Sapporo, Rusutsu and Niseko, the whole Peace Boat team who were up in Hokkaido have now come back to Tokyo. Meaning that we now have a chance to really evaluate this whole week, instead of frantically coming up with more statements and holding more press briefings!

Tomorrow we will be sharing more pictures, media clippings and thoughts on the G8 Summit – but for now,
it’s time to get some sleep!

In the meantime, here are some articles from today’s newspapers featuring Peace Boat staff members:

Lack of concrete promises disappoints NGOs (Japan Times)
G8 trying to have it both ways on nukes (Japan Times)
世界からTOYAへ:市民の提言 メリ・ジョイスさん(毎日新聞)
(Title meaning: From the world to TOYA: Civil society recommendations, Meri Joyce (Mainichi Newspaper)


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.



(English available here)










ピースボート共同代表 川崎哲

ジンバブウェ問題に関するNGO共同声明 NGO Joint Statement on Zimbabwe



声明はここからダウンロードできます:zimbabwe-statement-jp-en-final-1 (日・英)

Yesterday, 8 July, the G8 Leaders released their statement regarding Zimbabwe (available here).
11 Japanese NGOs, including Peace Boat, have responded to this with their own joint statement calling “For a Peaceful and Democratic Solution to the Current State of Zimbabwe, The Ruling Party Must Immediately End their Crackdown on Civil Society.”
The statement can be downloaded here: mzimbabwe-statement-jp-en-final-1 (both Japanese and English)

Working Dinner (July 8, 2008) Menu / 7月8日(火)ワーキングディナー 概要

At the Windsor Hotel TOYA “Michel Bras”

So this is what the G8 leaders were eating and drinking while talking about all of the political issues facing the world today…

  • Amuse-bouche
    アミューズ ブーシュ
  • From the Local Gardens: the gargouillou of young vegetables; grains and herbs & oyster jus
  • From the Local Fishermen: fillet of Hakkaku with a golden hazelnut crust; tender asparagus-lettuce & toasted barley jus
  • Hokkaido Crab, the flesh lightly fried in sesame oil; mustard leaves & stems, the jus, yuzu
  • From the Original Idea of a Coulant (R) in 81: chocolate biscuit, chocolate coulant, sweet clover ice-cream
  • Mignardises, Liquer de lait…
  • 小菓子

    • Domaine la Grange des Peres Blanc 2004 Vin de pays de l’Herault
      ドメーヌ ラ グランジェ デ ベール ブラン 2004
    • La syrah de Bernard & Robert Plageoles 2004 Gaillac
      ラ シラー デ ベルナール エ ロベール プランジョール 2004
    • Banyuls “Le Mute sur Grains” 2003 Domain de la Rectorie
      バニュルス ル ミュート シュル グローン 2003 ドメーヌ ド ラ レクトリー

世界中の紛争問題をディナーを食べながら2時間で論議 Leaders meet to discuss conflicts around the world over a 2 hour dinner

Leaders meet to discuss conflicts around the world over a 2 hour dinner


Over the 3 days of the G8 Summit, the schedule featured a large meeting with African nations on Day 1, the actual meeting of the G8 leaders on Day 2, and the expanded meeting with the major CO2 emitting countries today.
With only one day for the meetings of the actual Group of 8, discussions took place in the morning ont he global economy, climate change over lunch, development and Africa in the afternoon, and political issues over dinner.

Issues we are particularly focusing on from the perspective of peace activists – disarmament, non-proliferation, conflict prevention, peacebuilding and various regional situations – all took place over this working dinner last night.

NGO会見室で政府の記者会見をモニターごしに見る  Monitoring the government\'s press conference in the NGO briefing room
NGO会見室で政府の記者会見をモニターごしに見る Monitoring the government’s press conference in the NGO briefing room