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Abolish Foreign Military Bases

Peace Boat is very committed to the issue of the abolition of foreign military bases. In Japan, it is a key supporter of US for Okinawa, a peace action network based in Tokyo formed by citizens from US, Japan and elsewhere living in Japan who are concerned about the presence of US bases in Okinawa and the danger that the US Futenma Air Base poses to the people of Okinawa. At the international level, Peace Boat held a conference in Ecuador on the issue in 2009.

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Fair Trade

The Fair Trade project directly supports our partner NGOs' efforts to sell locally produced textiles, food products and other goods for a fair price by using the ship as a retail space. Onboard and on land, participants learn about fair trade as an alternative economic model. Revenue earned from selling goods to Peace Boat at fair prices supports the sustainability of our counter-partners' main activities, whether working on environmental issues, independence, development for women or other issues.

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Global Article 9 Campaign

Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution renounces war as a means of settling international disputes and prohibits the maintenance of armed forces and other war potential. In light of the Japanese government's pressure to amend it, Peace Boat together with the Japan Lawyers' International Solidarity Association (JALISA), launched the Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War in 2005. The Campaign strives not only to protect Article 9 locally, but also to build an international movement supporting Article 9 as the shared property of the world, calling for a global peace that does not rely on force. Peace Boat serves as the Secretariat of the campaign.

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Global Partnership for the Prevention for Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

Peace Boat is a founding member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and since its official launch in 2005 has since acted as Regional Secretariat for GPPAC in Northeast Asia. GPPAC is a worldwide civil society-led network dedicated to building a new international consensus on peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict, with a strong focus on peace education. Peace Boat holds and participates in regular regional meetings focusing on issues such as the Six Party Talks and nuclear free zones, as well as Asia Pacific Forums to increase broader regional cooperation.

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

Peace Boat's Hibakusha Project seeks to raise awareness about the danger of nuclear weapons and foster public support for nuclear disarmament. Launched in 2008, the project consists of inviting Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki) to participate in around-the-world voyages to share their tragic experiences, educate people and youth in particular about the human costs of nuclear weapons and call for their abolition. Over 150 Hibakusha have participated in this project to date.

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Korea-Japan Relations

Peace Boat calls for the normalization of Japan-DPRK (North Korea) relations, and promotes dialogue on the question of history and reconciliation. Through the organization of peace education voyages to the DPRK, Peace Boat seeks to encourage grassroots level interaction and understanding on issues ranging from Japan-Korea history, war responsibility and reconciliation, as well as the creation of a Northeast Asia Nuclear-Free Zone. Since 2005, Peace Boat and the Green Foundation of Korea have organized regional voyages and programs focusing on building links between the peoples of Korea and Japan in order to contribute to building a peaceful and sustainable future for East Asia. In addition, Peace Boat aims to provide humanitarian support for the people of the DPRK through public fundraising campaigns in collaboration with Korean-based NGOs.

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Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI)

Peace Boat is a founding steering committee member of the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI). This is a place of (re)training for community leaders, students, NGO activists, professionals, scholars, religious leaders and government officials who are interested in deepening their theoretical knowledge of peace and conflict or sharpening their practical peacebuilding skills.

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Peace and Green Boat Voyages

Peace Boat is working with the Green Foundation, Korea's largest environmental group, to organize Peace and Green Boat Voyages that focus on sustainable lifestyles and address regional environmental issues. Among them figure for instance the environmental impact of the presence of US military bases in Okinawa, the threat posed by the nuclear chain including the Rokkasho reprocessing facility and nuclear power plants in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, as well as the danger posed to wildlife and bird preservation by wetland reclamation and development projects on the Korean peninsula.

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Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Centre

As part of our wider peace-building activities, Peace Boat has carried out emergency relief operations for the past 18 years, delivering emergency assistance and raising funds, as well as coordinating the dispatch of experienced logisticians, interpreters and volunteer teams to affected areas all over the world.

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Peace Boat Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Campaign

Peace Boat has long been involved in local and global initiatives to eradicate poverty in the world - particularly in recent years towards the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Notably, in 2009, Peace Boat launched its MDGs Campaign, in partnership with the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP-Japan) to raise awareness about the MDGs and the role of civil society in achieving these goals, carrying out MDGs Training Program designed to develop an understanding of the challenges faced in eradicating poverty and promote activism for achieving the MDGs, and inviting students and young activists from Africa and Latin America to discuss development issues onboard. Symbolizing the strength of the collaboration between Peace Boat and the United Nations, the UNMC's logo "End Poverty 2015" is painted on the body of the Peace Boat's vessel.

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Peace Boat Mine Abolition Campaign (P-MAC)

Peace Boat's P-MAC Campaign runs landmine education programs, combining workshops at schools in Japan and educational study tours to Cambodia. In addition to fundraising for landmine clearance, building schools in affected areas and assistance to landmine victims, P-MAC encourages Peace Boat's participants to learn and experience firsthand how landmines affect people on an individual level, and about the global efforts to ban and remove landmines.

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Reconciliation and Understanding in Northeast Asia

Japan has failed to atone for the country's past military aggression in Asia-Pacific, its colonization and military invasions of neighboring countries and the human rights abuses and war crimes committed in this period. Thus, the teaching of history in this region is intensely politicized and divisive. To overcome these issues, Peace Boat works to examine differences in understanding history in Northeast Asia, through involvement in projects including the creation of a common history textbook for Northeast Asia, support for former Japanese military sexual slaves ("Comfort Women") and raising awareness about the issue of Yasukuni Shrine.

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