Nuclear Power Free World
Peace Boat has for many years campaigned on nuclear related issues, both for the abolition of nuclear weapons and also nuclear power. Since March 2011 Peace Boat has been particularly working on relief and advocacy related to the nuclear disaster which took place after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. This work has been at the local and global level and has included the Global Conference for a Nuclear Free World, bringing the "Voices of Fukushima" to the world and the Fukushima Youth Ambassador Project.

Download a flyer with an overview of Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan's energy future and related civil society efforts here, created by Peace Boat in August 2014.

Children from Fukushima speak at the Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World, December 14-15 2012

Advocacy in Japan and East Asia

The first Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World was held at Pacifico Yokohama on 14 and 15 January 2012 and was attended by a total of 11,500 participants, including 100 international participants from over 30 countries. The events of both days were broadcast live over the internet, with an audience of approximately 100,000. The conference was coordinated by an Organizing Committee comprised of six Japanese NGOs, with Peace Boat as Secretariat. Download the report on the conference here.

A second international citizen's conference was held with the aims of realizing the abolition of nuclear power and creating a society based instead on sustainable, renewable energy on 15-16 December 2012 as part of a series of events "Nuclear Free Now" in Hibiya, Tokyo and Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture.

Peace Boat is acting as Secretariat of the "Mayors for a Nuclear Power Free Japan" network, officially launched in Tokyo on April 28, 2011. The network was an initiative by mayors and local municipal leaders attending the Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World held in Yokohama in January 2012, and as at September 2013, 85 mayors from 37 prefectures (of a total of 47) throughout Japan have declared their participation in this network which allows municipal leaders to work together for a Japan free from dependence on nuclear power.

Peace Boat is also an active member of the network, "E-shift" which works to facilitate a nuclear power phase-out and promote renewable energy policies to make Japanese society more ecological and sustainable. Peace Boat is also represented by Executive Committee member Kawasaki Akira on the
Citizens' Commission on Nuclear Energy (CCNE), established in 2013.

Together with the Green Foundation , Korea's largest environmental group, Peace Boat organises voyages within Asia. In December 2012, the "Peace & Green Boat: Voyage for a Nuclear Free East Asia" took place, spreading the message for alternatives to nuclear power that has been growing stronger and stronger in Japan and the region. The voyage visited ports in Japan and Korea, holding education programmes and building solidarity for a nuclear free East Asia

Fukushima Youth Music Ambassadors with youth from Venezuela on board the 76th Global Voyage

Fukushima Youth Ambassador Project

The young people of Fukushima have endured one of the world's largest-ever earthquakes, a devastating tsunami and the terror of the nuclear accident at the Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Residents still face severely heightened levels of radiation. This is an untenable situation for anybody, but especially cruel for youth and for their worried parents. To respond to the needs raised from the local community, Peace Boat would like to make every effort possible, with support and solidarity internationally, to provide the opportunity for youth from Fukushima to travel outside of Japan on the open sea and experience diverse societies and cultures, an experience that will promote their healthy ongoing development and positive mental health, enabling them to better cope with the stresses of daily life in Fukushima.

Peace Boat has so far carried out three projects onboard with youth from Fukushima. In 2011 junior high school students boarded the ship, followed in Summer 2012 by a group of high school students. In 2012, a group of junior high school students visited Australia for a learning and exchange programme on sustainability and environmental issues, and in autumn 2012, students from Fukushima University travelled with Peace Boat for the whole of the 77th and 80th voyages.
Junior high school students from Fukushima onboard Peace Boat's 74th Global Voyage
High school students from Fukushima onboard Peace Boat's 76th Global Voyage
University students from Fukushima onboard Peace Boat's 77th Global Voyage

Junior high school students visit Australia for environmental studies in March-April 2013

Fukushima University Students onboard Peace Boat's 80th Voyage

Sato Kenta explains about the situation in Fukushima at Rio+20

Voices from Fukushima

Residents from Fukushima travelling onboard Peace Boat have given testimonies during ports of call on the situation in Fukushima since 2011. These have been to NGO and civil society members, the general public and to government leaders including Fidel Castro of Cuba and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua. Participants have shared their experiences of the disaster and the current situation in Fukushima and have called for a world that is free of nuclear power. Read about "Voices from Fukushima on 76th voyage" here

Delegations from Fukushima to different countries around the world have been organised by Peace Boat to bring the Voices of Fukushima to the world, including to Brussels and to Rio de Janeiro. Members of local civil society action groups, farmers and a university student traveled to Rio de Janeiro to speak at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) June 20 - 22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At Rio+20, the delegation spoke at events including an official UN side event, and cooperated with other participating NGOs to share their "Voices from Fukushima" on various levels. Their mission was to tell the world about the effects of the nuclear power plant accident, and to build a network for a future without nuclear power as well as bring feedback and messages from the world to Japan.

Peace Boat also supported the coordination of a national speaking tour of Australia by Mr Kan Naoto, who was Prime Minister of Japan at the time of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and is now a vocal advocate for a shift away from nuclear power and instead to renewable energy sources. Read more here.

Participants learn about geo-thermal energy, an alternative to nuclear energy, in Iceland

Onboard and in-port Education Programmes

Nuclear power, and its alternatives in renewable sources have been the topic of many onboard lectures and in-port programmes on Peace Boat's Global Voyages for Peace and will continue to be so. Guest educators are invited onboard the ship to discuss nuclear power including the impact that nuclear power has people and the environment, the relationship between nuclear power and nuclear weapons, reprocessing plants and the politics and power that is linked to nuclear energy. In port study programmes have included visits to Sellafield nuclear processing plant in the UK, Penly Nuclear Power Plant in France and an overland programme to an area near Chernobyl in the Ukraine. Onboard guest educators have explored with participants alternatives to nuclear power that are possible in Japan and are being used around the world. In ports, participants learn about renewable energy sources such as wind energy in Denmark, geothermal energy in Iceland or solar energy in Venezuela. Read about Peace Boat's intensive peace and sustainability studies programme, Global University on the theme of 'Shifting from Nuclear to Sustainable Energy' here.

Global Hibakusha in Tahiti- Survivors of the nuclear bombs in Japan meet survivors of radiation exposure from French nuclear testing

Global Hibakusha

Global Hibakusha is a term used to describe all victims of radiation at each link in the nuclear chain - uranium mining, nuclear reactors, nuclear accidents, nuclear weapons development and testing, and nuclear waste. Peace Boat works in partnership with organisations across the world who work to support those affected including indigenous groups in Australia and Tahiti. A Global Hibakusha forum was held in March 2012 as Peace Boat docked at the port of Havana.

Voyage Reports:
Stop Buying Uranium - Australians Devastated by Mining on Aboriginal Land
Messages for a Nuclear-Free World from a United Pacific in Tahiti
Global Hibakusha Forum in Cuba with Fidel Castro Gives Nuclear Survivors Renewed Strength

Global Hibakusha Forum Statement for a Nuclear-Free World Global Hibakusha Forum Statement for a Nuclear-Free World