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Jan 4, 2018 - 96th Voyage Speaking Tour in Australia: Making Waves

The Japanese and Australian Governments have not yet signed the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, claiming instead to be protected by the nuclear weapons of the United States. In both nations, powerful civil society movements are demanding their leaders reject these weapons of mass destruction and abide by the new international legal norm.

The people of Japan and Australia have experienced the impacts of the nuclear fuel chain, from the tragic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to nuclear testing on Aboriginal land in Western and South Australia, uranium mining and radioactive contamination following the Fukushima reactor melt-down.

Making Waves is a speaking tour featuring nuclear survivors from Japan and Australia, travelling aboard Peace Boat's voyage to Australia from 24 January - 6 February 2018.

Public events, meetings and media opportunities will take place in five cities. The Tour is a collaboration between Peace Boat and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, in connection with local organisations in each city.

Detailed information about events taking place in Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney here.

Making Waves Tour Brief (pdf)

Making Waves will explore:
  • The devastating humanitarian consequences of the use and testing of nuclear weapons, particularly on Indigenous people
  • The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
  • The role of Japanese and Australian civil society in building momentum for their Governments to reject nuclear weapons and join the treaty
  • The impact of Australian uranium exports on the people of Fukushima in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster


The following speakers will travel aboard Peace Boat and participate in Making Waves. The agenda will vary in each city with the addition of local speakers.

  • Miyake Nobuo, survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima
  • Tanaka Terumi, survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki/li>
  • Hasegawa Hanako and Hasegawa Kenichi, former dairy farmers evacuated from Itate village, Fukushima/li>
  • Karina Lester, Yankunytjatjara-Anangu second-generation nuclear test survivor/li>
  • Scott Ludlam, former federal Senator and ICAN Ambassador/li>
  • Akira Kawasaki, Peace Boat Executive Committee/li>
  • Gem Romuld, Outreach Coordinator, ICAN Australia/li>

Supporting Organizations

  • The Australia Institute
  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • City of Fremantle
  • Conservation Council of South Australia
  • Conservation Council of Western Australia
  • People for Nuclear Disarmament
  • Maritime Union of Australia
  • Mayors for Peace
  • Sydney Hiroshima Day Committee
  • Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance
  • Uranium Free NSW
Thanks to Blush Design Agency for donating the design work.

About Peace Boat

Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment.

Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. The ship creates a neutral, mobile space and enables people to engage across borders in dialogue and mutual cooperation at sea, and in the ports that we visit.

About ICAN

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is a campaign coalition consisting of partner organisations in 100 countries. ICAN was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for our work to raise awareness of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and our role in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

ICAN was founded in Melbourne in 2007 and is now focused on growing public and political support for nations to join the nuclear weapon ban treaty, as a crucial step towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons.
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