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Jul 23, 2015 - PRESS RELEASE: Hiroshima & Nagasaki survivors return to Japan after giving testimony in 20 countries around the world
PRESS RELEASE

HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI SURVIVORS RETURN TO JAPAN
AFTER GIVING TESTIMONY IN 20 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD

70 years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and after sailing around the world onboard Peace Boat, a delegation of Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) will return to the port of Yokohama on July 25, 2015. The group departed from Japan on April 12 onboard Peace Boat, together with approximately 1000 other participants. During the 87th Global Voyage for Peace, they visited 24 ports in 24 different countries, giving testimony and holding events in 20 of these countries.

The delegation comprised of 8 Hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, designated by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as gSpecial Communicators for a Nuclear-Free Worldh and three Youth Communicators accompanying the group. This was part of the gGlobal Voyage for a Nuclear Free World – Peace Boat Hibakusha Projecth launched in 2008. Marking the 70th anniversary of the bombings this year, a special project was held in collaboration with the Hiroshima-based network, Mayors for Peace: "I was her age." Events held in member cities around the world consisted of encounters between child-survivors of the atomic bombings and local parents with children who are now the age the survivors were in 1945, specifically between 5 and 11 years old. This emphasised the focus on passing on the messages of the survivors to youth and to future generations.

Highlights of the voyage included speaking at the Greek National Parliament, addressing the Foreign Minister of Venezuela, meeting with World War II survivors in Germany, and being welcomed by the Mayors of cities such as Ypres, Reykjavik and Honolulu. A full report of the voyage and the message of the Hibakusha at this 70th anniversary will be shared at the press conference as below.

Events will also be held in Tokyo on July 31, Hiroshima on August 5 and Nagasaki on August 9; please contact us for further details.
Peace Boat's ship will be docked in Nagasaki on the actual anniversary of August 9; a large scale peace event will be held onboard.
See here for more information: htp://bit.ly/pbnagasaki

PRESS CONFERENCE DETAILS

Date: July 25, 2015 (Sat)
Time: 10:30 - Group Photo Opportunity at outside Observation Deck
(In the event of rain please come directly to press conference venue) 10:40 - 11:10@ Press Conference
Location: Yokohama Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, 3F Conference room
7 min walk from Nihon-odori station on the Minato Mirai Line
Map: http://www.osanbashi.com/
Present: 7 Hibakusha & 3 Youth Communicators,
Kawasaki Akira (Peace Boat Hibakusha Project Director)

Note: The ship is scheduled to arrive at Yokohama at 06:20; disembarkation will begin from approx. 08:30.
Departure for Kobe is scheduled for 13:00. Photos of arrival/departure can be taken from the observation deck.

Related Links

Project Overview: http://bit.ly/87HibakushaOverview
Profiles of Hibakusha and Youth Communicators: http://bit.ly/87HibakushaProfiles
Peace Boat's 87th Global Voyage for Peace: http://bit.ly/peaceboat87
Information in Japanese: http://peaceboat.org/8635.html

Enquiries

Omura Yuko, Peace Boat (Japanese or English)
TelF03-3363-7561, / Mail: pbglobal(a)peaceboat.gr.jp

Download this press release as a PDF here.