Symposium:4/2 Participatory Symposium “Fukushima, Marshall Islands and Tahiti: Considering Democracy with Victims of the Nuclear Cycle”

•Description: The Pacific Ocean’s Marshall Islands and Tahiti, along with Fukushima, are regions that have suffered from the impacts of nuclear testing and a nuclear disaster. Commonalities can be found among them such as the dislocation of and discrimination against victims, suppression of information and the infringement of human rights. With an emphasis on the word ‘democracy’ in this participatory symposium, we will analyse both the past and the present, and discuss future challenges.



Peace Boat’s 90th Voyage coincides with the 5th anniversary of Fukushima and 30th anniversary of Chernobyl. The “Pacific Peace Forum” is taking place on board the voyage, in which representatives of communities affected by nuclear testing in the Pacific meet and exchange with citizens from Fukushima. What kind of problems are being faced by communities in affected regions, and what actions are they taking? What lessons are there for the victims of the nuclear disaster who are still suffering, and for preventing future disasters? Various means will be used to deepen the debate both onboard and in ports on issues including legislation, the role of civil society, science, health care, art and expression.

After arriving in Japan, the group will visit Fukushima and participate in an inspection of the area around Fukushima’s Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Iitate Village and Fukushima City. There will also be dialogue with local community activists. The forum will culminate on its final day with this public event at the University of Tokyo.



Part 1 14:00−15:10

“Marshall Islands, Tahiti and Fukushima: What happened and how people reacted”

1 Report on the Pacific Peace Forum (activities onboard Peace Boat)

2 Reports by representatives of affected regions ((local situation and lessons learned)

3 Q&A


Part 2 15:20−17:00

“Nuclear Victimization and Democracy – from the Past and Present to the Future.”

Part 1 (Breakout Session)

Breakout Session A: “Learning more about nuclear victimhood – what it is and what the current situation is like”

Q Specific impacts and effects

Q Challenges and achievements

Breakout Session B “Japan as viewed from Fukushima: what happens next?”

Q What does a country in which people can live in safety look like?

Q What is needed for Japanese democracy?

Part 2 (Wrap up)

・Feedback on points of discussion in breakout sessions

・General overview, Takahashi Tetsuya, etc

•Date: April, 2, 2016(Sat) 14:00 - 17:00
•Venue: Bldg.18 4F Collaboration Room 1, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo
•Lecturer: ■ SATO Kenta / Fukushima

Chief director of The Fukushima New Culture Creation Committee/ Executive director of The Never Give Up Iitate

■ Michel ARAKINO / Tahiti

Former nuclear test worker, Member of Moruroa e Tatou

■ Desmond DOULATRAM / Marshall Islands


■ Brooke TAKALA / Marshall Islands



Professor of Philosophy, University of Tokyo

HSP, Author of books on Fukushima and Okinawa

■ TAKASE Tsuyoshi

Journalist, Non-fiction writer

■ HAYASHIDA Mitsuhiko

Graduate student of Meiji Gakuin University, third generation Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor)

■ SATO Yasunobu

Professor, University of Tokyo


•Moderator: General: KAWASAKI Akira

Breakout sessions: Anjeli NARANDRAN and HAYASHIDA Mitsuhiko

•Language: Japanese, English
•Organizers: Peace Boat
•Co-organizers: Graduate Program on Human Security, University of Tokyo (HSP)

Research Center for Sustainable Peace, Institute of Advanced Global Studies (IAGS), University of Tokyo

Research Center for Sustainable Development, Institute of Advanced Global Studies (IAGS), University of Tokyo

NPO Human Security Forum (HSF)

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