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Jun 8, 2011 - Nuclear Abolition Day, June 25: Peace Boat Orizuru Forum, Abolition Now! Creating a Nuclear-Free World
June 25 is the International Nuclear Abolition Day. Peace Boat will be holding the following forum as part of the actions taking place in dozens of countries worldwide. For more details on the Nuclear Abolition Day, including events around the world and materials to organise your own activity, see the ICAN homepage here: nuclearabolition.org.

Peace Boat Orizuru Forum 2011: Abolition Now! Creating a Nuclear-Free World

-- Learning from Hibakusha travelling the world--

From January 23 - April 18, 9 Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) travelled around the world to 14 cities in 13 countries to give testimony of the devastating effects of the use of nuclear weapons, officially designated as "Special Communicators for a Nuclear-Free World" by the Japanese government.

In August 66 years ago, the Hibakusha's lives were irrevocably damaged by the dropping of the atomic bomb, and since then they have suffered by the mental and physical effects of radiation, and the discrimination caused by the lack of accurate information. While fully considering the historical background which led to the dropping of the bombs, the Hibakusha continue to tell their painful stories. They do this in the hopes of preventing any more nuclear Hibakusha from being created anywhere in the world.

During the Hibakusha's global voyage, as they were in Europe they heard the news of the tragic disaster to hit Japan on March 11.

Since then, they were asked throughout the world how they felt on learning of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, and realised the importance of their experience as Hibakusha, the people in the world with the most understanding of the true devastation of radiation.

The Hibakusha from there have been conveying the message of the importance of shifting to policies which do not rely on nuclear energy. This is an important opportunity to learn about and connect about the real experiences in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the existence of Hibakusha around the world suffering as a result of the nuclear cycle, and the facts about Japanese nuclear power plants. And, to connect this to ideas about how to create a nuclear-free world.

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Date: June 25, 2011 (Sat)
Time: Opens 1:30 pm, Starts 2 pm, ends 4:30 pm
Venue: Aoyama Gakuin University, Room 4 Building 6
Map: http://www.aoyama.ac.jp/other/access/aoyama.html.
Tickets: 500 yen (to cover cost of materials)
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Programme:
2 pm - 2:35 pm: Report on the 4th "Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project" by Ms Sakaguchi Hiroko (participant in voyage, second generation Hibakusha)

2:45 pm - 4:30 pm: Panel Discussion: "Creating a Nuclear-Free World: Rethinking the role of Japan"
Coordinator: Kawasaki Akira, Peace Boat Hibakusha Project Director / IICAN Vice Chair
Panellists: Yoshida Kensuke (Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Division, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Tsuboi Susumu (Participating Hibakusha in the 4th Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World)
Ogami Sakurako (High School Peace Ambassador)
Takase Tsuyoshi (Nonfiction author)

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Organised by Peace Boat
Co-sponsored by the Aoyama Gakuin University Human Rights Study Group
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