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Sep 1, 2015 - Northeast Asia Youth Peace Camp participants join conflict resolution workshop at Peace Boat in Tokyo
On August 9, 2015, Peace Boat had the honor of hosting over 40 young members of the "Northeast Asia Youth Peace Camp" and conducting a half-day workshop on conflict resolution at its center in Tokyo.

The annual Northeast Asia Youth Peace Camp project brings together youth from China, Korea and Japan for an intensive eight-day educational experience focusing on dialogue, team-building, and developing proactive participants and leaders in regional civil society, as a positive and cooperative counter-force to the often difficult political relations in East Asia. The location and hosting of the Peace Camp rotates each year between the three countries, and this year was hosted in rural west-Tokyo by the Hiroshima-based World Friendship Center and an organizing committee of young people, many of them previous participants.

The workshop was designed as an experiential introduction for the young participants, ranging from 12 to 18 years of age, to to key capacities in conflict resolution, including active listening, accurate communication, and team identity and cohesion. The focus of exercises was on personal-level interaction, although the relevance to regional dialogue and understanding between countries and people was clear. Although the language of the workshop was English, that all three nationalities needed some degree of support in their respective languages created an additional opportunity to practice patience and cooperation.

The workshop was facilitated by Peace Boat staff members Stacy Hughes and Meri Joyce, who have extensive experience in conflict resolution education and work. Stacy is active in community mediation and non-violence training in prisons in the US, and has an advanced degree in conflict transformation. Meri is a steering committee member of the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI) education project, and is coordinator of the Northeast Asia regional process of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).

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