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Nov 18, 2015 - World Nuclear Victims Forum and related events
The World Nuclear Victims Forum will be held in Hiroshima, Japan on November 21-23, 2015. Peace Boat is supporting the organization of this forum, the first of its kind, as well as several related events to be held in Osaka and Tokyo with international guest speakers coming to Japan on this occasion, on the humanitarian consequences of the nuclear chain and steps towards creating a nuclear free world.

World Nuclear Victims Forum

This three-day forum will be held at the Hiroshima International Conference Centre, within the Peace Memorial Park. Peace Boat executive committee member Kawasaki Akira will be join a session on the banning of nuclear weapons as a panelist, and Peace Boat staff and volunteers are involved in various other aspects of the conference, including interpretation and international coordination. This will be an opportunity to learn about the reality of damages caused in all stages of the nuclear chain, lessons to be learned from such situations, and also to share with guests around the world the situations of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima. It will also be an opportunity for people from affected communities in various countries to strengthen their cooperation and network, to work together to prevent such suffering from happening again.
More information about the forum and the full programme can be found online here.

Related Side Events in Tokyo and Osaka

Campaign against nuclear exports to India
Osaka (November 23) and Tokyo (November 25)
The Japanese government is now proceeding towards concluding a nuclear energy cooperation agreement with India, which possesses nuclear weapons. Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is due to visit India in December. Yet, many people in India are already suffering as a result of the country's nuclear development, including uranium mining within its borders. Peace Boat is working together in collaboration with various Japanese and Indian civil society groups in this joint campaign to prevent nuclear exports to India. Guest speaker at these events will be Kumar Sundaram of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP).
Further information about these events (in Japanese) is available here, via the Citizens Nuclear Information Center (CNIC).

Learning from Australia about the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and steps to ban them
Tokyo (November 26)
A public seminar will be held with two guests from Australia, Karina Lester and Tilman Ruff. Karina will speak about the impacts of UK nuclear tests carried out in the 1950s on indigenous Australians, including her own father. Tilman Ruff will be joined by Peace Boat's Kawasaki Akira to discuss recent developments in relation to a nuclear weapons ban. Both Tilman and Kawasaki are members of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
Full event information is available in Japanese here.

Medical and Legal aspects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster
Guest speakers from Ukraine (Anatolii Chumak) and Russia (Alexander Velikin) will speak at various events in Tokyo between November 24-26 in relation to the health impacts of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and legal support systems in place for those affected. Their events will be hosted by various Japanese groups including OurPlanetTV, FoE Japan, The Save Fukushima Children Lawyers' Network (SAFLAN) and the Chernobyl Health Survey and Health Care Support for the Victims - Japan Women's Network.

For more information about any of these events, including media enquiries, please contact Peace Boat International Coordinator Meri Joyce at meri(a)peaceboat.gr.jp.
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