Friends and Supporters of Article 9,
are pleased to send you some information about the Global Article 9
Campaign to Abolish War's recent activities and related developments.
|PEACE BOAT'S HIBAKUSHA PROJECT AND ARTICLE 9
Since September 7, 102 Hibakusha (Atomic
Bomb Survivors) of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have embarked on a historic
around-the-world voyage on the Peace Boat, accompanied by Article 9
two young students, Suetsune Chota (20) of Hiroshima and Nakajima
Yasuki (23) of Yokohama, were the successful applicants in an essay
contest conducted at the Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War.
They will be carrying the messages from the conference to the world
during this global voyage for peace and sustainability, and are working
hard together with the Hibakusha and other participants to conduct a
range of events and workshops based on the ideals of Article 9, both on
board the ship and in the many ports visited around the world.
Hibaksha participate in exchange programs and activities in the 22 ports the ship calls in.
Da Nang, Viet Nam, they met with Viet Namese Agent Orange/Dioxin
victims. In Kochi, India, they issued a statement calling on the Indian
government to stop nuclear weapons development, stressed the need for
outlawing nuclear weapons through a Nuclear Weapons Convention towards
their total elimination, and promoted the principles of Article 9. Read
the full Kochi Statement for a Nuclear-Free World here.
To learn more about the Hibakusha Project, read messages of support and reports of activities, go to: http://www.peaceboat.org/english/voyg/63/index_spec.html
Picture credit: VietNamNet Bridge
| JAPANESE AND INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN
As the Diet is preparing to discuss, during its new
session, the renewal of Japan's refueling mission in the Indian Ocean, the
death of Japanese aid worker Ito Kazuya, abducted by armed men in
eastern Afghanistan, has revived the debate on Japan's involvement in the
Several Japanese NGOs present in Afghanistan
have suspended their activities and are considering pulling back, for the security
situation does not allow them to carry out their activities. Others are reconsidering
their presence in light of Japan's
pending decision to dispatch ground forces to Afghanistan to help with reconstruction
The director of Peshawar-kai, the NGO for which Ito was
working, expressed concerns two months ago, when the Japanese government
announced it was considering sending ground troops to Afghanistan. In
a letter posted on the internet following the death of Ito, Nakamura Tetsu said
discussions about sending troops have endangered aid groups on
the ground, even those known for opposing the armed intervention in Afghanistan since
2001, as was the case for Peshawar-kai.
While governments such as in Japan,
France and the US are thinking about reinforcing their presence,
the Afghan government has requested changes in the terms of engagement defining
the international military engagement in Afghanistan following repeated
airstrikes on villages that have killed countless civilians.
increasing number of organizations are calling for
international coalition forces to pull out of the country, for military
operations have a negative impact on the humanitarian situation and
will not bring an end to the conflict in Afghanistan.
|FUKUDA'S RESIGNATION, ASO'S SUCCESSION AND ARTICLE 9
On September 1, Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda Yasuo announced his resignation, after less than one year in office.
the beginning of the year, corruption scandals and incidents such as
the Maritime Self-Defense Forces (SDF)'s collision with a fishing boat
and the loss of a large number of pension records have dragged the
public support rate down to just 20 percent.
On September 22,
former Foreign Minister Aso Taro, a conservative nationalist, was
elected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and is
now expected to be named Prime Minister until general elections are
held later in the fall.
General elections will oppose
nationalist-led LDP and the opposition on issues such as refuelling
missions in Afghanistan and the revision of Article 9 of the Japanese
| INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATING ARTICLE 9
September 21, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed
Conflict (GPPAC) held celebrations for the International Day of Peace
around the world.
the International Day of Peace as a rallying point to raise awareness
about the value and necessity of conflict prevention and peacebuilding
In Northeast Asia, the common theme was Article 9, and events in
Taipei, Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar and Vladivostok ranged from children's
celebrations, academic conferences and dance performances.
In Tokyo, the
newly released DVD of the Global Article 9 Conference was screened, and
young participants in the conference shared how they have been working
to promote the ideals of Article 9 in the months passed. This included
a powerful performance by the Peace Boat Article 9 Dance Team, who took
the dance performed at the Plenary Session to ports visited during the
Peace Boat 62nd Global Voyage, sharing the spirit of Article 9 in such
varied places as a youth festival in Viet Nam, a Palestinian refugee
camp in Jordan, an environmental event in Iceland and a performance in
central New York City.
More information on the dance team can be seen here.
| ARTICLE 9 CONFERENCE BOOK AND DVD
A Japanese version of the Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War official book and DVD have been released in September
The 240-page book, published by Otsuki Shoten, features all
speeches presented at the Plenary Session, and images and records of
discussions held throughout the three days.
The 120 minute DVD features
a 40 minute summary of the Plenary Session, and a chapter on each of
the symposiums and special forums held on the following days.
and DVD can be ordered through the Global Article 9 Conference online shop.
At this stage, only Japanese language
versions are available - an English version of the book is planned for
Thank you for your interest in and support for the
Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War.
forward to continue working with you all.
| Newsletter Editor:
Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War / Peace Boat