Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) 2014 Tokyo Action, April 14, 2014
Date: April 14, 2014

Symposium at Diet Members Building, Tokyo Japan

Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) 2014 Tokyo Action
From Military-Centred to Human-Centred: Rethinking "Security"

April 14, 2014 (Monday) 15:00-17:00
Venue: Room B107, House of Councilors Members' Building (Capacity: 110)

* Entrance card will be distributed at the ground floor lobby from 14:40.

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The Japanese Government is currently holding up a policy of "proactive pacifism," while at the same time expanding its defense capabilities through increased military budget and armaments, for the said purpose of protecting the country. Yet at the same time, the immediate security and people's livelihoods could be seen as being a lower priority for the state.

Even now that three years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster, 267,000 people are still being forced to live in evacuation, and the serious situation on the disaster site is ongoing. In the arena of social security, significant budget cuts are underway, including lowering of standards for welfare support.

When we broaden the definition of "security" from national defense and consider it as comprehensive issues concerning the safety and security of peoples' lives, we would certainly see shift in perspectives on what the actual, urgent challenges to the lives of citizens are in Japan today.

This event will bring together speakers from Japan and internationally to consider the "security" challenges faced by Japan, and together rethink the priority and allocation of budget necessary to ensure the security of human beings.

We look forward to your participation.

* This event is being held as part of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending" (GDAMS), coinciding with the release by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) of their annual report on global military spending. The 2013 statistics will be made public on this day, and reported at this event.

1) Overview on worldwide military spending in 2013
2) Reports: Global developments in military spending and security; challenges of "life and security" for Japan
3) Discussion: The broad concept of security, and allocation of financial resources to achieve it

Shinichiro TSUKADA, Peace Depot
Susi SNYDER, PAX (Netherlands)
Loreta CASTRO, Centre for Peace Education, Miriam College (Philippines)
Kenji FUKUDA, Save Fukushima Children Lawyers Network (SAFLAN)
Mitsuo NAKAMURA, Network for Workers Exposed to Radiation
Tilman RUFF, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) (Australia)
Ren OHNISHI, Moyai Support Centre for Independent Living
Sayo SARUTA, New Diplomacy Initiative (ND) think tank
Akira KAWASAKI, Peace Boat
Facilitated by: Aki MATSUYAMA, GDAMS 2014 Tokyo Action Organizing Committee Member

* Consecutive interpretation will be provided for English-Japanese. The rest of the programme will be conducted in Japanese; please contact us if you require interpretation into English.

Participation: free

Organized by: Peace Boat, the Global Article 9 Campaign, GDAMS 2014 Tokyo Action Organizing Committee

Contact: Peace Boat Email: info(a)peaceboat.gr.jp Tel: 03-3363-7561

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