A workshop discussing Article 9 of Japan's Peace Constitution
was held at the inaugural World Peace Forum in Vancouver.
Titled "Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution: A Common Treasure of
the Humankind for Peace," it was jointly organized by Peace Boat, Japan
Council Against A and H bombs, and the local Vancouver Save Article 9
hundreds of attendees, including Canadian and international WPF participants,
the workshop featured presentations by Japanese, US and Costa Rican panelists.
Kimijima Akihiko presented the necessity of taking Article 9 into the regional
and global context, and told of how constitutions renouncing war can act as a mechanism
for creating security, stability and peace in a region. It is in the interest
not only of Japan, but of its surrounding countries and the international society
to uphold this constitution.
Global Article 9 Campaign" was also introduced within this context, and a call was
made for individuals to join the initiative to hold a Global
Article 9 Conference in 2008, which will bring together all supporters of
such pacifist constitutions.
Final Document of the Forum, "Vancouver
Appeal for Peace 2006: Make Peace!" also called for governments to constitutionally
renounce war, and Article 9 is described as the primary example.
Congress Against A- and H- Bombs (Gensuikin)
Hague Appeal for Peace
Vancouver Save Article 9
Japan Council Against A- and H- Bombs (Gensuikyo)
Japan Confederation of A- and H- Bomb Sufferers Organizations (Hidankyo)
Japan Lawyers International Solidarity Association (JALISA)
People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, Korea (PSPD)
Civil Network for a Peaceful Korea
Programme of Workshop
Profile of Participants
Reports from Peace Boat's Akira Kawasaki at the WPF