13 April 2015, JAPAN

The delegation of Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki) set off to  sail on Peace Boat‘s 87th Global Voyage. They joined GDAMS, calling for the reallocation of resources from the military, creating a world free of nuclear weapons and for lasting peace. More details here.

‘In addition, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Northeast Asia, for which Peace Boat acts as secretariat, issued a statement expressing concerns about the increase in military spending and ongoing military buildup in the region and making recommendation for the peaceful resolution of the current tensions in the region. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and of the division of the Korean Peninsula. Yet full peace and reconciliation is far from being achieved in Northeast Asia.’

Please read  and sign the online petition about GDAMS: Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict-Northeast Asia reiterates “the important role Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution has played as a foundation for peace and stability in Northeast Asia.”