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Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project

Since 2008, Japan-based international NGO Peace Boat has invited Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to participate in the "Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project." As of July 2013, over 150 Hibakusha have travelled around the world giving personal testimonies about the effects of the atomic bombs and calling for nuclear abolition. The messages from Hiroshima and Nagasaki have the potential to deeply move people around the world who are affected by war, violence, poverty and environmental issues. This project is held annually onboard Peace Boat's global voyages. As the average age of the Hibakusha is now more than 76 years old, the time remaining for them to directly send out their urgent message is very limited.

This July, 9 Hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, accompanied by a Youth Special Communicator for a Nuclear-Free World, will travel again with Peace Boat to give testimonies onboard and in twelve ports around the world, exploring the theme of "passing on the legacy to the next generations." Various guests will join the project for segments of the voyage such as Takeshi Nakatani, the only Japanese official guide of the Auschwitz National Museum in Poland, Clifton Truman Daniel, the oldest grandson of the 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman and others.

As one of the coordinating members of the Breaking the Nuclear Chain campaign, Peace Boat will be reporting about the Hibakusha's travels around the world through a blog on this web site.
Please follow the survivors on their journey and join them in their activities calling for a nuclear free world through this web site!
  

Blogs

Breaking the Nuclear Chain in Rwanda

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 “I’d like to tell the young people of Rwanda, who are the future of the nation, about Hiroshima. I’d also like the young people of Hiroshima to tell their friends and families about the genocide in Rwanda and the efforts toward reconciliation. The young people of Rwanda and Hiroshima and the rest of Japan need to be able to relate to each other and get to know each other.” - Yves...
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Kamishibai- Japanese Story Telling

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The 80th voyage has ended, however the message is only starting to spread. Kamishibai are a Japanese method of telling stories, with picture cards. On board for our last event we presented our version of kamishibai to the passangers. The Hibakusha will use these to tell their story about the last three months. Not only does it convey their story about the atomic bomb, but it also summed our...
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How to make a Nuclear Free Zone - Hibakusha in Mexico

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Following the programme in El Salvador, some members of the Hibakusha Project temporarily disembarked from Peace Boat to travel to Mexico City upon the invitation of the Mexican Government. Mexico has been leading efforts towards nuclear abolition, and has recently announced that it will host  a conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons in Nayarit, on the Pacific...
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Revolutionary Testimonies in Central America

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Peace Boat has crossed the Panama Canal, and is that much closer to the completion of its 80th voyage! Before the Hibakusha project reached our next port of call in El Salvador, we joined forces with the new Guest Educators on the ship to give a very special set of testimonies. ...
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Short Film - 25 Days of Peace

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  "25 Days of Peace" is a short film by Trang Dao, a young Vietnamese filmmaker and student at the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi. It tells the story of her travels with 8 atomic bomb survivors onboard Peace Boat's 80th Global Voyage for Peace.   Trang joined the voyage after being awarded the Peace Boat Prize at the 2012 United for Peace Film Festival for her...
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More information

For more information on the Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project, download the flyer here.

You can download the project overview here.

Profiles of participating Hibakusha are available here, and of Seto Mayu, Special Youth Communicator for a Nuclear-Free World, here.

Contact Details

Kawasaki Akira

Peace Boat Hibakusha Project Director

TEL +81-3-3363-8047

Email kawasaki@peaceboat.gr.jp