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an international dance day festival 「Folklore」 4月29日


an international dance day festival


A new movement aimed at promoting sound exchange between young men and women through folk dance has been launched by university students in Tokyo.
It is promoted by「Folklore」(Folk dance gathering movement) under the auspices of UNESCO Tokyo Council.

Attend the western folk dance and enjoy playing a game or an attraction!
On April 29, which is UNESCO international dance day "an international dance day festival" will be held at Tokyo's Hikarigaoka Park .


Date  April 29th(Sun. holiday) 1pm-5pm

Place  Square of Shibafu in Hikarigaoka Park

  (subway HIKARIGAOKA on Oedo line change at NERIMA on Seibu-ikebukuro line)

Admission  for nothing(in case of rain, that will be held at Hikarigaoka-Kumin-Center)
Items  We learn and have a dance with easy western numbers at the same time  
Promotion  Nerima Folklore Council
Auspices  UNESCO Tokyo Council, newspaper office Mainichi and so on
E-mail  folklorestar@gmail.com    Internet-Site  folklore-folkdance.com
TEL/FAX   049-258-3218  080-6704-3218
(Please contact Mr. Matsubara in English, French or Japanese)


Thanks! with You in MASHIKO FUN TOUR



Thanks! with You in MASHIKO FUN TOUR


Reconstruction pledge together at the local recovering area, that suffers from earthquake disaster on 11th March.
Mashiko city, located in the Tochigi prefecture, is known as the “city of ceramic arts” in Japan and also a widely known city for fans of ceramic arts from all over the world. However, due to the great earthquake disaster in eastern Japan, Mashiko suffers from great damages, that are unforeseeable yet. Ceramic works, including the valuable existing and other facilities for the creation of pottery kiln were damaged from the devastating earthquake in Mashiko. In addition, due to the influence of the nuclear accident is under rumor, farm produce and tourism, has given a great deal due to the impact of tourism also more general since then. In addition, the plantation agricultural products and tourism suffer from the reputational damage caused by the nuclear accident and its huge influence on the tourism. In the operational year around 600 people got help from home and abroad, in the disaster area around Mashiko. This year, one year after the earthquake, the people of Mashiko, who suffered from the earthquake itself, will have the opportunity to thank the people who supported them with the “Thanks! with You in MASHIKO”, that will be held on the 10th and 11th of March. We made this “Thanks! with You in MASHIKO” together with interested people. This tour will take place together with locals form Mashiko. While deepening the exchange, preparing various events together, you will deeply feel the real charm Mashiko. Whether there are visitors who come the first time to Mashiko, visitors who come the first time to the disaster area or visitors who have visited many times before, this tour anyone can join.
That one year after 11th March. Why don’t we spend a day together in the affected areas around Mashiko?

*This tour is subsidized and will take place as part of the <Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry>.

Route map (Schedule) *Traffic-related the schedule can be changed
10th March (Saturday)
9:00 Departure from Ikejiri Setagaya “Manufacturing School Setagaya” (An old school in Ikejiri)
12:00 Arrival at Mashiko city, Lunch at the “Thanks for reconstruction assistance” hall
13:00 From 13:00 on activities and experiences with locals (see back/next page)
17:00 Shift to accommodation (Old folk house)
19:00 Dinner with local people and mutual exchange
11th March (Sunday)
07:00 Morning walk together with the locals
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 From 09:00 on activities and experiences with locals (see back/next page)
14:46 remembrance ceremony (bell of the temple will beacon “Thanks for reconstruction assistance”)
15:30 Departure from Mashiko city
18:30 Planned arrival at of Ikejiri Setagaya “Manufacturing School Setagaya” (An old school in Ikejiri)
“Thanks for reconstruction assistance in Mashiko” Fan Tour
Program management
Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th March 2012
Number of positions
30 People (If the fixed number will be exceeded, the recruitment will be stopped)
Entry fee
5,500 Yen (including tax)
*The transportation costs for the way from Tokyo to Mashiko and back and the costs for accommodation (plus one breakfast) are included.
*The meals, etc. on site have to be paid by everyone for himself.
Means of transportation
Large chartered bus
An in Edo Period built old folk house (“Old Tree Inn”)
“Thanks! with You in MASHIKO” Summary
Assembly day: Saturday 10th March 2012 to Sunday 11th March 2012
Assembly hall: All around Mashiko
Organizer: Thanks! with You in MASHIKO executive committee
Co: Mashiko City, Mashiko Chamber of Commerce,Promotion Council for Mashiko pottery,livestock Tourism Association and so on
Inquiry: Thanks! with You in MASHIKO executive committee (Mashiko City Association Tel. 0285-70-1120)

The main event (Schedule)
Cooking Curry using the vegetables grown by local farmers from Mashiko
Cooking “Kenchinjiru” using fresh vegetables
Free trial potter’s wheel
Japanese drum performance by local volunteers
Bell in the local temple
The “Thanks! with You in MASHIKO” beacon (Light the fire in the rebuild kiln)
Free entry to the art museum of the city (On 11th March)
Go on activities with the local people during the tour (Schedule)
Carrying allocated firewood to make a smoke signal “Thanks! with You in MASHIKO” with with volunteers
Cooking and arranging local specialties together with volunteers
Cooking and arranging Bentos with volunteers
The Land
Make experiences with the local people during the tour (Schedule)
Pottery Specialists (Assessment) ????
Talking and drinking Sake together with the locals



Let's study about Meiji Revolution !!




Let's study about Meiji Revolution !!


Meiji Revolution: Japan’s Non-Violent Movement to Revitalize its Society


We all know that Japan is one of the world’s most powerful economies. This is the country where two nuclear bombs were dropped, the country which suffered more than 250 years of feudalistic rule. But how did it suddenly became one of the world’s superpower? This rapid change in Japan from isolated, pre-industrial and feudal country to one of the great powers on the world stage is due to ‘Meiji revolution’.

Unlike other revolutions such as in France, Russia and China, it was non-violent, without any drama, destruction and political violence. The Meiji revolution is 45-year reign of the Meiji emperor, Mutsuhito (from 1868 to 1912). Under his rule, Japan began its modernization. Meiji means ‘Enlightened Rule’ and the main theme of this revolution was to combine western advancements with traditional eastern values.

Factors facilitating the Meiji revolution
Before the Meiji rule, Japan experienced corrupt feudal rule and pressure from western imperialism. The foreign powers obtained many privileges by means of unequal treaties. The Meiji leaders were aware of what happened to China, which opposed western imperialism – China was defeated and humiliated. They believed Japan was in danger of foreign attack. To counter the threats of imperialism, Japan had to be strong. They recognized that the need for transformation of traditional feudal society into a progressive and modern one was urgent.

Political & societal changes
In order to strengthen itself, the Meiji government abolished feudalism, where class distinctions were removed. Abolition of feudalism strengthened the nationalism and people began extending their loyalty to the nation. It created a large mobile force for industrialization.

They introduced modern system of land taxation in order to ensure a continuous and large income to finance different modernization programs.

Agricultural sector
Agriculture was the main source of economy for Japan. The Meiji leaders recognized that a modernized agriculture is the foundation of success. They encouraged agricultural students to go abroad to learn more advanced techniques in agriculture. Foreign experts were employed to improve agricultural techniques. New kinds of plants and seeds were imported from different countries. Agricultural colleges and experimental stations were established throughout the country to test new methods of planting and provide new agricultural techniques to farmers.

Thus the agricultural production steadily increased. On the other hand, silk manufacture was technically improved. Great progress was made in Japanese silk production and export. The high quality of Japanese silk attracted many buyers.

Industrial sector
The Meiji leaders knew that in order to improve economy and industrial sector, they need to enhance their technical skills. They employed foreign advisers and engineers to run new industries and train native Japanese technicians quickly. For the long run, technical schools were set up to provide modern education. Education was made compulsory. More machines were used to improve production in the industries.

There was a development in consumer goods industries, silk-reeling plants, glass and chemical manufacturing plants, a cement works, cotton-spinning factories and sugar factories. Japan was able to produce machinery and electrical equipment by itself in a quick time. It didn’t loose focus on small industries. Japan knew they were particularly important because they required less capital and less technical knowledge, they could be developed in small workshops, and they made use of the rural labour, which is easily available. The modern industrialization enhanced greater circulation of goods, capital and even labour. It also raised the standard of living in society.

Military sector
Till 1870, there was no national army in Japan. It was only under the Meiji rule in 1873, a truly national army evolved. Military colleges were established for greater specialization of military functions in Japan. Industries producing ammunition and construction of war-ships were set up. Because of this rapid modernization of military sector, Japan was able to fight successful wars, where it defeated China and Russia.

Education sector
The Meiji government adopted western, liberal education which brings direct material and practical benefits. It established national control over education, imposed uniform educational standards, and introduced universal and compulsory education. Moral lessons of the past were replaced by progressive and modern curricula. Western popular, scientific and technical knowledge was spread.

With the modernization of education in Japan, it developed social and national unity, increased social literacy and resulted in greater political consciousness among the people and contribution to successful modernization.

Within a span of 45 years, Japan became a super power. There was an increase in standards of living, people became more literate and politically conscious, increased urbanization, well developed infrastructure and communications, and specialized administration by the government.

Change in Osaka = Change for Japan?

Change in Osaka = Change for Japan?

Can Japan’s youth place their hopes in the “Osaka-to (Osaka Metropolis) Scheme”?
Following the March 11 earthquake, tourists and foreign students coming to Japan have greatly decreased. It’s also true that people’s interest has started to shift to China and the other rapidly-growing Asian countries. With people beginning to feel that things can’t remain as they are, will there be a reform of Japanese society? Four students spoke about this possibility with Keio University Professor Shinichi Ueyama, a specialist in organizational reform and advisor for the much-talked-about “Osaka Metropolis Scheme”.
Shinichi Ueyama profile: Professor at Keio University, Faculty of Policy Management. Born in Osaka, 54 years old. Specializes in company/administrative management strategy and organizational reform. Also works in city/regional renewal. Previously worked for the former Transport Ministry and as an associate for McKinsey & Co. Currently serves as Chairman for the Seisaku Hyouka-kai (Policy Review Council) at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, head of the Niigata City Research Institute for Public Policy and Management, Director of the Public Policy Studies Association JAPAN, as well as an advisor and committee member for a number of other companies and administrative bodies. Graduate of Toyonaka High School and the Faculty of Law at Kyoto University. Received his Ph.D from Princeton University.

Q: (Lance) Please explain the thinking behind the Osaka Metropolis Scheme, as well as its impacts on Japanese society should it be realized.

A: (Professor Ueyama) The Osaka Metropolis Scheme isn’t just about Osaka, it is about changing Japan from a “one state, one system” structure – a structure that has continued for 140 years since the Meiji Restoration – to a “one state, multi-system” structure. I believe everyone feels that if we continue under the present system, where the state controls everything from the center, it will be difficult to respond to an age of dramatic change. Power may have shifted from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), but the core system of the country has not changed, meaning there will be no reform.

However, it is not possible to change this system as long as the regions remain economically dependent on the state. Therefore, in the “Osaka Metropolis Scheme”, we will first streamline the prefectural and city administrations and cut waste, then under the one plan effectively utilize the assets of Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City to revitalize the economy. Osaka Prefecture’s current debt is 10 trillion yen, but if you combine prefectural and city assets, then you have a total of 16 trillion yen. In particular, Osaka City owns an astounding 25 percent of the land within the city. If we utilize this asset effectively it would not be difficult to attract outside investment. Also, if the prefecture and city cooperate we would also be able to create more efficient infrastructure. In countries that are currently growing economically, it is not the state that guides everything but rather the leaders of large metropolises who use their own discretion to implement new policies and bring in investment from overseas and private companies. If Osaka shows its new growth model to other regions, then we should see similar moves in the Kyushu, Chukyo, and Tokyo areas also.

Q: (Mei-Hua Cui) That’s an amazing scheme. However, living in Japan (Tokyo), I feel the Japanese are conservative, so even if they agree with the concept, won’t it will be difficult to turn the plan into action?

A: It’s certainly not simple. However, I have many colleagues in various fields who are working in the same direction as me. Also, Osaka in a way isn’t really Japan (laughs). Historically, it is a flourishing commercial city, so without a more free and vibrant movement of people, goods and money, it cannot survive. Osakans also aren’t really sticklers for the rules; they are an adaptive people. If anything, they more Asian in this sense.  If Japan’s system becomes inflexible, it will eventually become easy for Japanese people to miss opportunities.It’s very difficult to change Japan as a whole.That's why we start from Osaka.

Q: (Sumida) There has been an increase in young people acting out of a desire to change society after the March 11 earthquake. As someone promoting the Osaka Metropolis Scheme, do you have any advice for them?

A: There is also a need for young Japanese to change their mindsets. The best way to do this is to live overseas. If you view Japan from the outside, I think you can really feel the differences in other systems and ways of thinking. Society does not change easily (laughs). First, you should start by steadily changing your immediate environment. In order to do this you need to acquire the necessary societal skills, try them out, and learn how to be persuasive.  I began thinking about the “Osaka Metropolis Scheme” 10 years ago. I occasionally had setbacks on the way, but if you believe in your aspirations, then chances will come your way. Even if you make mistakes, if you’re willing to openly admit to them, you will find people willing to help you. If you have aspirations, it’s important to not let yourself get upset and instead progress forward in a positive manner.
Also, I would like young people to have more of an interest in politics. Looking at the newspapers and TV, politicians don’t seem very appealing, but if you speak to them individually, many of them are very bright. However, when you get them all together, the Japanese group mentality takes over and you can’t see this. In order to change this situation, I would like young people – regardless of nationality – to take more a proactive interest in Japanese society and politics.

There would be very few people who think Japanese society is fine the way it is. It’s becoming more difficult even for young people to hold bright hopes for the future. In this way, I hope that if interest in the “Osaka Metropolis Scheme” acts as a catalyst for young people to develop a clear vision (for the future), then no matter how difficult, a “can-do spirit” will spread throughout Japan.

translated by Lance truong (Monash Univ)

The Shamisen Lesson for beginners & tourists.




The Shamisen Lesson for beginners & tourists.


Thank you very much for your work in advance,
The Shamisen Lesson for beginners & tourists.

November 20th, sunday 7-11pm
The Pink Cow presents Japanese Lounge Night vol.32


A monthly event to introduce, listen and learn traditional Japanese instruments NO show charge.
Enjoy traditional Japanese music, dance and culture in relaxed way with yummy Chef Andy's food!
Black Bean & Cheese Burrito & Gold rush brownies are my favorite dinner at The Pink Cow.

featured special guest performer
Rodrigo Rodriguez(Shakuhachi player - Composer)http://www.myspace.com/rodrigokznrecords
Shamimaster Toshi(TsugaruJyamisen, Koto & Sanshin)

Kumiya (Shamisen Sensei)http://shamisen-sensei.com

facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/PinkCowJLN/
twitter #PinkCowJLN

Fukushima International Media Village




Fukushima International Media Village

Message regarding establishment of "Fukushima International Media Village"



To those who have been affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, I express my deepest sympathy.  The 3.11 calamity has caused tremendous damages to East Japan: disasters not only from the earthquake, but also those arising from the tsunami, nuclear power plant, and misleading information.

3 months has passed since the incident, yet in many of the disaster stricken areas, restoration is hardly progressing.  People have not been able to move from the emergency shelters to the temporary housing facilities because self funding their costs of living (fees for food and utilities) present a challenge. Isolated elderly people have no choice but to live in their half destroyed homes, been unable to live in emergency shelters or temporary housing facilities.  Those who lived close to the nuclear power plants continue to be displaced.

What is required of us now is "rationale judgment" (based on the current situation and risks) and each individual immediately "taking action" based on what they can act upon.  I believe that these will generate a "chain of actions" that would drive the revival of Fukushima Prefecture, the Tohoku region, and all of Japan.

On June 10, 2011, members with aspiration of "What can I do? Act rather than contemplate!" have joined efforts to position Iwaki-city, an area struck by the four devastating consequences of earthquake / tsunami / nuclear power plant / misleading information, as the "center of information distribution" and established the "Fukushima International Media Village" within the city-run Nagamachi Park (4-64 Uchigo-mimaya-machi, Iwaki-shi, Fukushima Prefecture).

The size of Iwaki-city is twice that of the total floor area of all 23 wards of Tokyo.  The center of Iwaki- city is located approximately 50 km away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  However, since the Northern tip of the city falls within the 30km radius of Fukushima Daiichi, people consider the entire city as a "danger zone."  The rumor that "Iwaki-city is dangerous" spread quickly, and has caused serious damage not only to the flow of material to and from the city, but also to the product marketability of agriculture, fishery, and other industries.

Accurate information about the disaster and its impacts are rarely available.  This has triggered the spread of rumors, and has led to immense damages.  This problem is not only about cities surrounding the nuclear power plant.  This relates to all of Japan, as we witness many instances where the world now views all of Japan as a dangerous area.  Such misleading information continues to cause harm.

For international journalists to send accurate and live information to the world, the Fukushima International Media Village has been established to support their activities and provide information.  We will plan and host events, forums and seminars as an initiative driven by the disaster stricken areas to send information out to the world.  We seek understanding and support from everyone, and will strive together to restore Fukushima Prefecture, the Tohoku region Japan, and all of Japan.


June 2011

Fukushima International Media Village

Leader    Masao Ogino


TEDxTokyo  Enter the Unknown




TEDxTokyo  Enter the Unknown



Since 1984 the world’s leading thinkers and doers have been gathering once a year for an event they variously describe as “the ultimate brain spa,” “Davos for optimists,” and “a four-day journey into the future, in the company of those creating it.”
What are they talking about? TED — a conference like no other. TED stands for technology, entertainment and design — three broad disciplines that are collectively shaping our future.

On Saturday May 21st from 9am the third annual event, Enter the Unknown, held、which is set to be bigger and better than ever as we bring together an even wider range of speakers and participants to share ideas and inspiration. In the wake of the devastating March 11th earthquake and subsequent tsunami & radiation menace, we abruptly altered our focus to explore practical and inventive ways of rebuilding and renewing Japan, and uplifting the spirits of its people.Over 30 speakers and 300 participants will be joining us at Tokyo’s iconic Miraikan, with thousands more around the world watching on the day via our bilingual live streams, whilst taking part through our social media channels. 

“Be like a Bamboo” (七転び八起の精神で)
Garr Reynolds Presentation Guru, Brand Community Expert, TEDsterr

His approach, which embraces the Zen tenets of restraint, simplicity and naturalness, is clearly making an impact: Garr was at one time the manager of Worldwide User Group Relations at Apple Inc. in Silicon Valley, and is currently an associate professor of management at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka. He lives in the quiet countryside of Nara amidst the ubiquitous bamboo trees.

Transform plastic into oil for reuse (プラスチックゴミを石油に)
Akinori Ito Inventor and Environmental Problem Solver 


 Plastic doesn’t seem so fantastic these days—more an ecological nightmare that is overflowing our garbage dumps, accumulating in vast, drifting islands, killing wildlife and disrupting the food chain. But Akinori Ito, the CEO of Blest Corporation, wants us to see waste plastic as a resource, especially here in oil-poor Japan. That’s because he has invented a machine that can transform a single kilo of plastic into about one liter of oil and refined into gasoline, diesel or kerosene usable in generators, stoves, cars, boats and motorbikes. Better yet, the Blest machines heat rather than burn the plastic, generating no poisonous pollutants. Akinori and Blest have created models for both industrial and home use, and have already sold over eighty to buyers in Japan and abroad, including the Marshall Islands, North America, India, Greece, Korea and Kuwait. Akinori’s dream is to make this plastic-to-oil conversion a global practice.

Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing the World (社会起業家を育てる環境を作る)
Nana Watanabe Photographer, Author and Social Change Advocate

Nana Watanabe has a wide-angle lens on life. As a photographer, she has shot for iconic brands like Shiseido, Sony Music and Paris Vogue, and also exhibited extensively in Tokyo, New York, Paris, Shanghai and Berlin. In 2000, Nana began chronicling the lives of U.S. and European social entrepreneurs for Japanese audiences. Five years later, Keio University selected her book Changemakers: Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing the World as one of three texts for its “Social Innovation” graduate course̶ Japan’s first social entrepreneurship-related program.
Nana published a second book, “Changemakers II: Social Entrepreneurship as a Way of Life”, in 2007. She also advises a citizens group called Ashoka that supports social entrepreneurs and wants us all to become changemakers. As part of Ashoka-Japan’s Youth Venture Program, Nana’s team recently launched Youth Move Japan Forward to solicit ideas to improve post-crisis Japan from local youth and help them turn those ideas into constructive social enterprises. (quoted from TEDxTOKYO website http://www.tedxtokyo.com/ )

その他、AIBOの生みの親、天外伺朗氏、MITの石井教授、Twitter Japanの近藤ジェームス氏など、30名以上の世界の叡智が結集しました。その全てのスピーチは、http://tedxtokyo.com/ja/ で日本語でも御覧いただけます


Support International students




Support International students

to study and live in Japan at ease




May 9, at the Japan National Press Club, the press conference was held by the council of Japanese Language School to support Int'l students after the massive earthquake hit on March.11.


The number of students studying in Japan decreased due to the earthquake. The refusal or postponement of admission for April term was 30-50%. 70% drop will be expected for October term, which will also greatly affect universities and colleges.


Of course, the primary cause for this was the news concerning the nuclear accident. The worried parents stopped sending their kids to Japan. Some people changed their plans to study in Japan, with the worries that situation would get worse.
The current number of int’l students is 175,000, However significant decrease will be expected in the future. This will certainly affect
Japan's new growth strategy (Japanese cabinet plans to increase the number of students up to 300,000 by 2020) in great deal.


For emergency, the council urges prompt response from the organizations such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the following purposes.


The main purposes of the Council,


Collect and send Letter of Encouragement from Int'l students to the victims of the earthquake.

Recruit and send student volunteers to the affected areas.

Provide earthquake related information in foreign languages.

Petition to the authorities to ease the regulations to encourage Int'l students to study in Japan.



Let's enjoy dancing together !



Let's enjoy dancing together !


A new movement aimed at promoting sound exchange between young men and women through folk dance has been launched by university students in Tokyo.

It is promoted by「Folklore」(Folk dance gathering movement) under the auspices of UNESCO Tokyo Council. Attend the western folk dance and enjoy playing a game or an attraction!

On April 29, which is UNESCO international dance day "an international dance day festival" will be held at Tokyo's Hikarigaoka Park .





Date April 29th(Fri. holiday) 1pm-5pm

Place Square of Shibafu in Hikarigaoka Park


on Oedo line change at NERIMA on Seibu-ikebukuro line)

Admission for nothing

(in case of rain, that will be held at Bunka-Sohzohkan in Ohtsuka)

Items We learn and have a dance with easy western numbers

at the same time Promotion Nerima Folklore Council Auspices

UNESCO Tokyo Council, newspaper office Mainichi and so on

E-mail folklorestar@gmail.com

Internet-Site folklore-folkdance.com

TEL/FAX 049-258-3218 080-6704-3218

(Please contact Mr. Matsubara in English, French or Japanese)

International Peace Culture Forum

Free for students
(Pre-booking is required - e-mail : poet2010forum@yahoo.co.jp)
International Peace Culture Forum


Project Protocol for the International Peace Culture Forum
“A New Approach to Peace”

It goes without saying that our world today is being confronted by some major crises such as the proliferation of nuclear weapons, escalating ethnic and religious conflicts, aggravation of the global environmental issue, and the disaster within the global economic system etc. In times such as these, the whole of humanity is more likely to be increasingly swayed by the flood of information and the mega-trends of the world. Yet despite this, it is the accumulation of the will and actions of each individual that chooses and determines the future of humanity. In this flow of time, how should we, as Japanese, be dealing with these world problems?

Although this may have already been spoken of repeatedly, it is still true that Japan remains the only nation who has suffered from nuclear attacks, and therefore, bears the moral responsibility and the ethical right to lead the international opinion towards the abolition of nuclear arms. However, the campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons, which had once involved the whole nation of Japan but have now been reduced to the peace movements which are only carried out by small groups of people. It seems as though the majority of the Japanese citizens have become indifferent to this issue, and even if they are not, it cannot be said that the movement is being fully promoted or is able to involve the entire citizenship or even the government.

Recently (May 3 – 28) at the UN Headquarters, the NPT review conference was held. This attracted the participation of many NGO workers from all over the world, as well as the two-thousand Japanese who joined in and that included about two-hundred victims of the nuclear bombing which represented the largest number ever. They gathered in New York, and appealed powerfully for the abolition of nuclear arms. The consequence of this has partly served to bring out an approach to where a vision of a “clear agreement towards nuclear abolition” by five nuclear nations (USA, Russia, England, France and China) was reaffirmed which had been included within the final agreed document that had already been adopted by consensus, and in addition to this, a reference was made for the first time to “the anti-nuclear arms treaty”. In view of the current situation, Japan is now expected to take the leading role in seeking the realization of “a world free of nuclear weapons” whilst bringing about a close cooperation between the global community as well as working in cooperation with government and civic society.

It just so happens that Ernesto Kahan, Ph.D. (Doctor of Medicine and poet), a Nobel laureate for the 1985 peace prize as the Deputy Chairman of IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) and Mr. Guy Créquie, a French poet who has been passionately dedicated to the activities of the United Nations and UNESCO for peace and culture as, will be visiting Japan. They are both displaying the strong hope that Japan will take the initiative in working for world peace. In order to help this, and having taken into consideration the ardent endeavours of the citizens of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki towards nuclear abolition with the likes of the Atomic bomb survivor support program, the declaration of the city of peace, and “Mayors for Peace” which have been promoted involving all citizen’s, they are now recommending these two cities to the Nobel Committee, believing that both cities deserve the noble peace prize more than anyone else.

In taking this opportunity, we are planning to hold an international peace culture forum “A new approach to peace” by welcoming both of them whilst also inviting world renowned poets to Japan. Here we will discuss and reaffirm the mission and role of Japan in seeking world peace which includes nuclear abolition. We would like as many people as possible to join us.

The time table of the event

Date : August 2nd (Monday) 2010 from 13:30 – 17:30
Venue : the University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus. Hall 18 (Komaba-Todai-Mae
By Inogashira Line)
Host : International Peace Cultural Executive Committee
Sponsorship : Japan Foundation 

Entry Fee : 1,000 Yen (general) /
Free for students
(Pre-booking is required - e-mail : poet2010forum@yahoo.co.jp)


Part 1: Keynote Lectures
Guy Créquie Guy Créquie (France): The messenger of millennium peace culture, the nominator of Hiroshima/Nagasaki for the award of Nobel Prize.
Ernesto Kahan Ernesto Kahan, Ph.D. (Israel) :IPPNW, a Nobel laureate for the 1985 peace prize.
The nominator of Hiroshima/Nagasaki for the award of Nobel Prize.
Hiroo Saionji Hiroo Saionji: President of Goi Peace Foundation.

Part 2: Panel Discussion

Guy Créquie, Ernesto Kahan, and Hiroo Saionji

* Celia Altschuler (Puerto Rico, poet)
* Christophe Charles (Haiti, poet)
* Sumihiro Kuyama (guest professor of the United Nations University)

Part 3: Music and Recitation of Poems

* Mark Akixa (Indian Flut)
* Megumi Yamauchi and Rie Sasaki (Crystal Bowl)
* Guy Créquie, Ernesto Kahan, Marie Robert, Laura Munoz, Hiroshi Issiki and others
* Message from the Mayor Hiroshima