What Is Peace Boat

Peace Boat is a Japan-based international NGO which promotes peace, human rights, and sustainability. Established in 1983, it holds Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN).

Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a passenger ship that travels the world. Working in partnership with UN SDG Action Campaign, Peace Boat’s activities onboard and in port empower participants, strengthen local capacity for sustainability, and build people-to-people cooperation beyond borders. The voyages, run on a social business model, blend sustainable tourism, lifelong learning and friendship activities with educational programmes, cooperative projects, and advocacy.

Peace Boat carries out our activities in partnership and is a member of the following networks, among others:

  • Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC),
    Northeast Asia Regional Secretariat
  • International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN),
    International Steering Group
  • Japan Campaign to Ban Landmines, member
  • Japan Climate Initiative
  • Mission Blue Alliance partner
  • International Peace Bureau, member
  • Nonviolent Peaceforce, member

Peace Boat’s headquarters are in Tokyo. We have five other centres across Japan, and a sister organization – Peace Boat US – based in New York.

Our History

Peace Boat’s first voyage was organized in 1983 by a group of Japanese university students as a creative response to government censorship regarding Japan’s past military aggression in the Asia-Pacific. They chartered a ship to visit neighboring countries with the aim of learning first-hand about the war from those who experienced it and initiating people-to-people exchange.

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Our Ships

Since its first voyage in 1983, Peace Boat has chartered a number of passenger ships to organize our voyages, adapting the onboard spaces to provide a unique and dynamic environment for its participants. Our current ship, the Ocean Dream, was built in Denmark in 1981 and has excellent facilities, which enable the “floating peace village” experience unique to Peace Boat. Although it may look like a normal cruise from the outside, a Peace Boat voyage is very different from the traditional model, eschewing the concept of vacation in favour of participation. From April 2020, Peace Boat will also organize global voyages with a new passenger ship, the Zenith, a boat built in Germany in 1992. 

Ocean Dream

Decks: 10
Length: 205 meters
Weight: 35,265 tons
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24mph)
Capacity: 1,200 passengers (maximum)

Zenith

Decks: 12
Length: 208 meters
Weight: 47,413 tons
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24mph)
Capacity: 1,800 passengers (maximum)

Our People

Peace Boat has around 100 staff members who represent diverse ages, education histories, backgrounds and nationalities. Nearly all staff members joined the Peace Boat team after participating in a voyage as a volunteer, participant or guest educator, and demonstrating a strong commitment and contribution to Peace Boat’s activities. Staff involved primarily in international outreach and coordination projects are listed below:

Founder and Director

  • YOSHIOKA Tatsuya
    • Yoshioka Tatsuya has been a leading figure in Japanese civil society for the past three decades and has been active internationally in the fields of education, peace and conflict resolution. Whilst a student at Waseda University, Yoshioka founded Peace Boat in 1983 to foster grassroots dialogue and people-to-people reconciliation between Japan and other Asian countries, during a period of tension and hostilities in the region.

      Yoshioka has authored books and articles on various peace and conflict-related themes and has been invited to address the United Nations on issues including building a Culture of Peace. He is a founding member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) International Steering Group, head of its Northeast Asia Secretariat, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for leading the Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War. 

      With a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, and a passionate belief in the necessity to develop awareness of the need for non-fossil, non-nuclear energy capacity, Yoshioka is currently spearheading the development of Peace Boat's Ecoship.

International Coordination Team

Rachel ARMSTRONG
Jasna BASTIC
Adrián GODINEZ
Karen HALLOWS
Cole HARTON
HATAKEYAMA Sumiko
ICHIZUKA Aiko
ISHIMARU Kensaku 
Meri JOYCE
KAWASAKI Akira
KONABE Takumi
Kotone LAW
MATSUMOTO Nina
MATSUMURA Masumi
Emilie MCGLONE
Rémy MILLOT
MITSUHASHI Yuki

MORITA Sachiko
Céline NAHORY
NOHIRA Shinsaku
Laure NOREST
OCHI Shinichiro 
OHATA Soichiro
OKADA Aya
Maria Antonia PEREZ
Daniel READ
Chema SARRI
Louise SOERENSEN
SHIMOJO Asato
TAKEUCHI Risa
WATANABE Rika
YAMAMOTO Junior
YAMANASHI Kazuma
YOSHIKAWA Michi

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Sarah ANDERSON
Trevor CAMPBELL
ISHIDA Keiko
KOIZUMI Noriko
Christopher LINDSTROM
NAKATA Mikako
TAIRA Kazuhiro
Eduardo VILA