How is civil society in Japan dealing with these crises, and the opportunity they simultaneously present?
Peace Boat, established in 1983 and one of Japan’s largest non-governmental organisations, will hold a briefing for members of the Japanese and international press on March 29.
Presented by acknowledged leaders of the Japanese peace movement, will introduce Peace Boat’s strategy for 2010, and Japanese civil society perspectives and actions on key contemporary issues and the new Japan.
Furthermore, documentary films produced as part of the *“Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World – Peace Boat Hibakusha Project”* will be premiered in April – information about advance press screenings is also listed below.
**Press Briefing: Peace Boat 2010**
Date: March 29, 2010 (Mon)
Time: 12:15 Open, 12:30 Start (until 13:30)
Venue: 3F, Marine Bldg, Takadanobaba Conference Room (drinks & snacks provided) – 1-32-13 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku – 2 mins from Toyama Exit, Takadanobaba Station, JR / Seibu Shinjuku Line – 5 mins from Exit 3, Takadanobaba Station, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line
Speakers: Yoshioka Tatsuya, Kawasaki Akira (Peace Boat Executive Committee), Hashizume Bun (survivor of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, participant in inaugural *“Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project”*).
Themes: 1. Nuclear-Free World NPT Review Conference, Peace Boat Hibakusha Project
2. Ending Poverty UN Millennium Development Goals, Global Article 9
3. East Asian Community Civil Society Six-Party Talks, China-Japan-DPRK engagement, US-Japan citizens cooperation for a base-free Okinawa
4. Peace education Onboard education, Northeast Asian Peacebuilding Institute
*“Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project”* documentary previews
Two documentary films were produced as part of the inaugural Peace Boat Hibakusha Project (September 2008 – January 2009) by young filmmakers from Costa Rica and Japan:
*“Flashes of Hope”* (Dir: Erika Bagnarello) and
*“Travelling with Hibakusha: Across Generations”* (Dir: Kunimoto Takashi)
April 1 (Hiroshima), April 2 (Nagasaki), April 5 (Tokyo), April 11 (Onboard Peace Boat, Yokohama)
Japan tour by Director Erika Bagnarello in April 2010
**CONTACT:** 03-3363-8047 (Peace Boat Office) English: Ruben Hasbun / Japanese: Matsumura Masumi