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Jan 11, 2011 - PRESS RELEASE: Tahitian Nuclear Test Victims and Indigenous Australians affected by Uranium Mining to visit Japanese Hibakusha
Japan-based international NGO Peace Boat has been inviting Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) from Hiroshima and Nagasaki to join its global voyages since 2008, giving testimonies of their experiences and calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons in over 40 countries. These voyages have also included interaction with people affected by nuclear weapons around the world, including former nuclear test site workers in Tahiti, and indigenous people affected by uranium mining in Australia. This January, Peace Boat has invited representatives from these groups in Tahiti and Australia to visit Japan, where they will travel to Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki to hold symposiums and meet local communities. This project aims to bring together people affected by all stages of the nuclear fuel cycle, to increase understanding between Japanese Hibakusha and people around the world affected by uranium mining and nuclear testing, and deepen activities in solidarity for the creation of a nuclear-free world.

The five-person Tahitian delegation, comprised of Hibakusha from nuclear testing and youth representing NGO "Mururoa e Tatou", will arrive in Yokohama on January 18 onboard Peace Boat's ship, which left Tahiti on January 6. Together with a group of five people from Australia including indigenous people affected by uranium mining, nine Hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and five High School Peace Ambassadors from Nagasaki, they will stay depart Japan onboard Peace Boat's 72nd Voyage as part of the "Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project" on January 23, 2011.

Press Conferences will be held upon the arrival of the delegation from Tahiti on January 18 and on the departure of the group from Japan on January 23; and a public symposium will be held at Tokyo University on January 19 - details below.

Interviews with members of the delegations from Tahiti and Australia, Hibakusha from Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and youth involved in the project are possible during their stay in Japan. Please contact Peace Boat for further details or enquiries.

January 18, 2011: Tahiti Delegation Arrival to Japan - Press Conference
Venue: Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, http://www.osanbashi.com/index.html , 7 min from Exit 3, Nihon ?dori Station, Minato Mirai Line
Programme:
14:00 Peace Boat returns to Yokohama Port
16:00 Tahiti Delegation disembarks the ship (approx.)
17:00 Press Conference (inside Passenger Terminal)

Important (prior registration information)
Filming the Tahitian delegation from the pier as they disembark the ship is possible, however prior registration of personnel and equipment with the port authorities is mandatory. Any press who would like to register must send their full name, address, telephone number, affiliation and birthdate to Peace Boat by 5pm on January 12 (Wed).

January 19, 2011: Tokyo University Symposium: The "Nuclear Pacific" Now: Effects, Action, and Passing on to Future Generations
Time: 18:00 doors open, 18:30 start
Venue: Tokyo University Komaba Campus Building 18 Hall
Speakers: Régis Haamarurai Gooding (former nuclear test site worker) et al
Registration: Press representatives are asked to write this information when registering:
More details: http://hsp.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/symposia.html#2011sp1

January 20-22, 2011: Delegation travels to Hiroshima and Nagasaki

January 23, 2011: Press Conference
Departure of 4th Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project
Venue: Yokohama Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal

CONTACT: Ishii Mariko, 03-3363-8047 / pbglobal[at]peaceboat.gr.jp
http://www.peaceboat.org/info/hibakusha
http://ameblo.jp/hibakushaglobal

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