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Oct 10, 2013 - PRESS RELEASE : Global Voyage returns spreading the message of peace and the lessons of March 11

October 7th, 2013 : Peace Boat 80th Global Voyage Arrival

Peace Boat Returns from Global Voyage
Global Voyage spreads the message of peace and the lessons of March 11

Marking the 30th Anniversary of the organisation's foundation, Peace Boat's 80th Global Voyage will return to Yokohama on October 10 completing an 85-day voyage that visited 18 countries. Upon arrival in Yokohama, participants will be present at a press conference to discuss what they learned through special projects that focused on peace-building and disaster prevention and recovery. We look forward to your attendance at the press conference.

Global Voyage for a Nuclear Free World ~Hibakusha Project~
Nine survivors from the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki along with one 'Youth Communicator for a Nuclear-Free World' gave testimony in ports around the world to share their experiences. Other activities included a vist to the sites of former Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and spoke of their experiences to approximately 700 students in Mexico at an event to mark the United Nations' International Day of Peace attended by the state governor and local mayor.

Fukushima University Youth Project
Six students from Fukushima University joined this voyage to learn about renewable energy and efforts to create a nuclear power free world. Highlights included a visit to Frankfurt, Bottrop, and Berlin to witness the progress made by local communities' in this field, as well as to a theme-park that is located on the site of the Kalkar Nuclear Plant which was built but never went online.

Ishinomaki Youth Ambassadors
Two youth from Ishinomaki and Onagawa, towns devastated by the recent tsunami and earthquake, gave testimony of their experiences, both on the ship and also at several ports of call. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Tsunanaga Hasekura's Keicho delegation, which left Ishinomaki in 1613 to visit Europe. These two youth have been following in the footsteps of this delegation as they travel on their own global voyage, visiting Civitavecchia (Ishinomaki's sister city), and Coria del Rio in Spain.

Press Conference Details


Date: Thu 10 October 2013
Time: 16:30
Venue: Terminal Conference Room 2F,
Yokohama Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal,
1-1-3 Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku
231-0002, Yokohama

Omura Kazuko - Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivor, 86
Seto Mayu - Special Youth Communicator for a Nuclear Free World, 22
Ari Beser - Grandchild of crewmember on atomic bomb planes, 25
A Fukushima University Student
Sakimura Shuhei - Ishinomaki Youth Ambassador, 30
Takahashi Sayaka - Ishinomaki Youth Ambassador, 28
Onodera Ai - International Director on the 80th Voyage
Kawasaki Akira - Peace Boat Executive Committee

*The boat is scheduled to arrive at 2pm. You may take photographs of the boat as it arrives in port from the observation deck. Due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather, the arrival time is subject to change.
*Due to changes in arrival time and the time needed for disembarkation procedures, the start time for the press conference may vary.
*One-on-one interviews can be arranged. Please make inquiries in advance.
*A photo opportunity will be scheduled including all participants with the ship as a backdrop, either before or after the press conference.

For further information, please contact: Peace Boat Office (Yuko Omura) TEL:03-3363-7561 MAIL: