Peace Boat visits Manzanillo, Mexico with Atomic-Bomb Survivors on the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2013
Date: September 21, 2013
Location: Manzanillo, Mexico

The Japan-based NGO Peace Boat, which this year celebrates its 30th Anniversary, will complete its 80th Global Voyage with a visit to Mexico before returning to Japan. It will dock in Mexico's largest commercial port of Manzanillo on September 21, the UN-designated International Day of Peace. Throughout the voyage to 20 ports of call, nine survivors of the atomic bombs (Hibakusha) in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are making a global appeal to abolish nuclear weapons. This campaign is being conducted in partnership with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Mexico has taking leadership to eliminate nuclear weapons in the international community, including public education on the catastrophic humanitarian impact of these weapons. While in Manzanillo, Peace Boat will hold an event for atomic-bomb survivors to give testimony to 1,000 people including students and a major peace festival with local citizens. Below is an overview of the Peace Boat's projects in Mexico.

Atomic-Bomb Survivors Testimony
Date and Time: 2pm, September 21, 2013 (Saturday)
Venue: Universidad Tecnologica de Manzanillo (Manzanillo University of Technology)

Seven Hibakusha from Peace Boat and Mr Yamashita Yasuaki, a Nagasaki survivor who lives in Mexico will meet 1,000 people including young students. Also in attendance will be the Governor of Colima State and the Mayor of Manzanillo. Peace Boat Executive Committee member Kawasaki Akira, who is also Co-chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) will join the survivors in appealing that the tragedies must never be repeated.

Japan-Mexico Festival of Peace, Friendship and Culture
Date and Time: 6:30pm, September 21, 2013 (Saturday)
Venue: Plaza de Benito Juarez Manzanillo

Peace Boat participants and locals from Manzanillo will share their culture, including traditional Japanese dance and drumming performances, and together take another step toward a peaceful world. Furthermore, the festival will celebrate all mayors within Colima State joining Mayors for Peace, a global network of more than 5,000 mayors committed to making a nuclear-weapon-free world. A message of the Mayor of Nagasaki will be delivered to Colima Governor Mario Anguiano for this initiative.

Pre-Arrival Press Conference
Date: 9am, September 18, 2013 (Wednesday)
Venue: Presidencia municipal de Manzanillo (Manzanillo City Hall)

+52-1-55-5997-0231 Hiroshi Kusafuka (in Mexico)
+81 3 3363 7561 Rika Watanabe, Peace Boat Tokyo office, rika-w(a)peaceboat.gr.jp

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