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Aug 17, 2012 - PRESS RELEASE: Delivering the Voices of Fukushima to the World
Delivering the Voices of Fukushima to the World - Fukushima Citizens Give Testimony on Peace Boat's Global Voyage. Delegates Meet President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua -

The 76th Peace Boat Global Voyage for Peace returns to Yokohama on 17 August with over 1000 participants onboard the newly chartered vessel Ocean Dream.

During this Global Voyage, 4 citizens from Fukushima prefecture, who have been deeply affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident gave their testimonies in countries such as Norway, Sweden, Venezuela and Nicaragua, while visiting 22 countries in 102 days. Particularly in these Latin American countries, which have been greatly supporting the Tohoku region since 11 March, the Fukushima residents were welcomed with strong stances against nuclear power. During the welcoming ceremony in Nicaragua, President Daniel Ortega gave a statement to create a nuclear power free country. Nicaragua is the first country in the world to secure the complete participation of all its local governments in the international initiative "Mayors for Peace."

In addition, 7 youths from the Fukushima Youth Orchestra joined the "El Sistema" Venezuela Music Youth Ambassadors onboard the ship from Mexico, after a cultural and music exchange in Los Angeles. The group will return to Japan with the ship on 17 August, and perform at a joint concert the following day. Please see the below websites for more information:
* Fukushima Project (English introduction)
* Fukushima Project Blog with pictures (In Japanese)

Events during the 76th Peace Boat Global Voyage
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  • Citizens from Fukushima met Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, receiving a speech declaring the need to move away from nuclear power
  • Photos depicting the realities of those living in Fukushima exhibited at the Venezuela National Museum for one month.
  • Events for a nuclear-free, sustainable future held in Norway and Sweden, including testimony by Fukushima residents
  • Public event in London with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) to raise awareness of the humanitarian consequences of nuclear technologies used for weapons and energy
  • 7 youths of the Fukushima TV Youth Orchestra along with 8 "El Sistema" Venezuela Music Youth Ambassadors joined a music exchange programme onboard Peace Boat. A special joint concert will be held on 18 August in support of Fukushima.

Press Conference Details
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Date: 10:30 – 11:30, August 17, 2011 (Friday)
Venue: Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal Conference Room Speakers:
  • 4 residents from Fukushima who participated in the Global Voyage
  • 8 Fukushima TV Youth Orchestra members
  • 8 ?gEl Sistema?h Venezuela Music Youth Ambassadors
  • Mr Maurice Reyna, Cultural Attache of the Venezuelan Embassy to Japan
  • Peace Boat Executive Committee Member

For further information, please contact:
Peace Boat Office (Rin Fujimatsu)
03-3363-7561 / 080-3310-1841
Email: rinfujimatsu(a)peaceboat.gr.jp

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