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Sep 12, 2015 - No Security Bills, No War: Appeal from the Strait of Hormuz
200 participants and staff onboard Peace Boat's 88th Global Voyage joined an action to demonstrate opposition to the security bills currently proposed by the Japanese Government as part of the "No Security Bills, No War: Appeal from the Strait of Hormuz."

Peace Boat's chartered vessel the Ocean Dream passed through the Strait of Hormuz, entrance to the Persian Gulf, at 20:00 on September 11, 2015. At this time, approximately 1000 Japanese were able to witness first hand the area which has been the point of argument in the Japanese Diet in relation to the security bills the Abe administration is currently attempting to force through. Engaging in minesweeping operations in the Strait of Hormuz if the area were to be blockaded using undersea mines is one of the hypothetical situations outlined by the Abe administration as a case of Japan utilising its Self-Defense Forces (SDF) overseas under the principle of collective self-defense. While this is being heavily debated in Japan, this was an opportunity for participants to consider the reality of the impact of the proposed security bills, and the location in question.

Immediately prior to passing through the Strait, around 200 participants from 11 different countries held an onboard action, holding up a banner which read "No Security Bills, No War: Appeal from the Strait of Hormuz" (see below). This action was led by participants themselves, as a way to appeal to Japan and the international community the importance of ensuring that Japan can contribute through non-military, peaceful means - something the participants learn more and more as they build international networks and friendships through their travels onboard the ship and in ports of call.

A statement of appeal was also announced from the ship in the form of the "Peaceful Waters for Our Future: Appeal to the Peoples and Leaders of this Planet from Peace Boat's 88th Global Voyage." This initiative was led by guest educators onboard the ship around the time of the call to Mumbai in India, including Ela Gandhi (peace activist and granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi), Mushakoji Kinhide (former Vice-Rector of the United Nations University), Carmelita Nuqui (Development Action for Women Network, DAWN), and Lalita Ramdas (Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace, CNDP). The full text of this appeal can be read online here.
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88 Peaceful Waters for Our Future