Peace and Human Rights
Peace Boat combines grassroots mobilization with high-level advocacy and international networking to promote peace, non-violence and the respect of human rights. Campaigns and projects in this area have a forward-looking vision and include both punctual local actions with long-term global commitment to peace.
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Projects and Campaigns
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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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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International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict

Peace Boat is a member of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence, launched in May 2012 to demand urgent and bold political leadership to prevent rape in conflict, to protect civilians and rape survivors, and call for justice for all, including effective prosecution of those responsible.

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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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Peace for Palestine and Israel: End the Occupation - Peace through Dialogue

Peace Boat actively supports work towards a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, recognizing that both Palestinians and Israelis deserve to live in peace, security and justice. However, peace cannot be achieved without an end to the Occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Activities include an onboard scholarship program for Israeli and Palestinian students, study visits to Palestine and Israel, support through fair trade projects, and advocacy work in Japan.

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Peace Through Sports (Peace Ball)

Through friendly soccer matches between Peace Boat participants and teams from local communities, the Peace Ball project utilizes the positive power of the world's most popular sport to foster friendship across cultural and language barriers. Before departing on a global voyage, Peace Ball participants gather soccer balls and related supplies for donation in some of the communities Peace Boat visits.

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Peace Through the Arts

Art is a powerful medium to communicate the theme of peace where people do not share a common language. Focusing on dance, song and performance, Peace Boat's arts team comprises participants who devote much of their time onboard and in port to practicing a variety of performances that often convey messages with themes of unity and peace, both for and with their local audiences. Projects to date have included performances on the "UNESCO Manifesto 2000" pledges and the Millennium Development Goals.

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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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