What is Peace Boat
Travel for Peace and SustainabilityPeace Boat believes that travel in itself can be a tool for positive social and political change, and seeks to create and implement best practices in responsible travel and what we call travel for peace and sustainability. Socio-political considerations rather than commercial interests largely determine our choice of destinations. Our partnerships with local organizations and travel agencies reflect our effort to utilize tourism in a progressive and educational form so as to contribute to global sustainability and peace. Peace Boat's use of the ship as a vehicle for our activities has allowed the development of a unique range of tools for our work.
HistoryPeace Boat's first voyage was organized in 1983 by a group of Japanese university students as a creative response to government censorship regarding Japan's past military aggression in the Asia-Pacific. They chartered a ship to visit neighboring countries with the aim of learning first-hand about the war from those who experienced it and initiating people-to-people exchange.
Internal StructurePeace Boat is a non-governmental and non-profit organization with its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, eight Peace Centers throughout Japan and a branch association in Geneva, Switzerland. Related is the Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Centre established following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami; and Peace Boat US, based in New York City, and a 501(c)3 registered organization. Peace Boat is run by a group of about 120 people - the Executive Committee - who are individually and collectively responsible for the functioning of the organization. The Executive Committee members are known as "Responsible Partners", and commit on a yearly basis to assume responsibility for the sustainability of the organization. The staff members involved primarily in international outreach and coordination projects are listed here. In order to carry out our travel activities in accordance with the requirements of Japanese law, Peace Boat has signed a partnership agreement with a travel agent, Japan Grace Co., Ltd. Japan Grace underwrites, manages and administrates the Peace Boat voyages. All income generated by Japan Grace in relation to the Peace Boat voyages is re-injected into Peace Boat activities.
PeopleA list of Peace Boat's directors and international coordination team. Read more
Networks and Affiliations
Contact UsGet in touch with our head office in Tokyo, any of our seven Peace Boat Centers throughout Japan, or our branch in Switzerland. Read more