Press Releases
Jul 5, 2013 - Messages from Japan​​ - Peace and Learning from the Disaster. Press Conference for Peace Boat's 30th Anniversary Voyage
Peace Boat's 80th Global Voyage will depart from Yokohama on July 18, 2013. It will visit 20 ports in 18 countries and return to Yokohama on October 10, 2013. Many projects are planned throughout the 85-day voyage, which commemorates the 30th anniversary of the founding of Peace Boat in 1983. One of the most notable aspects of these projects is that they focus upon involving young people with issues of peace and the lessons learnt from the disaster. We will hold a press conference at Yokohama Port prior to the departure of the voyage to explain these projects and to introduce some participants.

Key projects include:

Passing on the Testimony of Atomic Bomb Survivors to the Next Generation
The sixth 'Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World' will be held on this voyage as part of the 'Peace Boat Hibakusha Project' , with nine atomic bomb survivors (Hibakusha) – five from Hiroshima and four from Nagasaki – joining the boat. The Japanese government has officially appointed these nine people as 'Special Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons'. In addition, one 'Youth Communicator for a Nuclear-Free World' will accompany the atomic bomb survivors to assist the Hibakusha in telling the world about their experiences and keeping their memories alive for future generations.

Music's Message of Peace
Peace Boat has invited 10 young musicians from Venezuela's Youth Orchestra 'El Sistema' to visit Japan. After giving concerts around Japan, including in Hiroshima, they will join the Peace Boat and accompany the 'Peace Boat Hibakusha Project', giving peace concerts around Asia.

Youth from Tohoku Tell the World about their Experiences of the Disaster
Two young Miyagi Prefecture residents who experienced the disaster of 2011 have been selected as 'Ishinomaki Youth Ambassadors'. These youths will travel around the world to learn and share. They will talk about their experience of the disaster in many parts of the world and will bring back a wealth of experience to Ishinomaki, which the ship will visit as its last port of call during the 3 month voyage.


Details of the Departure Press Conference
Date: 18 July, 2013 (Thurs)
Meeting time: 9:45 (Terminal Conference Room - 2F)
Starts: 10:00 (Rooftop Plaza)
Venue: Yokohama Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal
1-1-4 Kaigandoori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, 231-0002
Map to Osanbashi here

Speakers - Sasamori Shigeko (Atomic Bomb Survivor, Aged 13 at the time)
Received treatment in the United States as a 'Hiroshima Maiden'; lives in the US.
- Seto Mayu (Youth Communicator for a Nuclear-Free World, 21)
- Angelo Lopes (El Sistema, 18)
- Sakimura Shuhei (Ishinomaki Youth Ambassador, 30)
- Takahashi Sayaka (Ishinomaki Youth Ambassador, 28)
- Kawasaki Akira (Peace Boat Executive Committee Member, Peace Boat Hibakusha Project Director)
** The 80th Voyage departs at around 1 pm. This can be viewed from the Rooftop Plaza.

For further information, please contact:
Peace Boat Office (Yuko Omura)
03-3363-7561 / 080-3844-8703 (on the day)

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