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Organization: International Day of Peace in Japan
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PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity


TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity

PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

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ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.


Chatan-cho, Urasoe (Okinawa): Thousands attended a 6 month campaign of "Celebration Earth Peace Gatherings" from April 1st to Sept. 21st which culminated with the first Peace Day parade in Okinawa. The parade, which included “Tree Man” and a giant Roots & Shoots Peace dove, proceeded down Okinawa’s International Street to the Capitol Building where speeches were made by Culture of Peace Initiative Ambassador Paul Coleman and musician and Senator Shoukichi, which was followed by a rock concert. A video of the speech can be viewed here. The Celebration Earth team walked 2500 kms from Hokkaido to celebrate Peace Day! The Peace Day Event series from 9/19 to 9/21 was marked by a Tree Planting Peace Walk, a musical and cultural performance commemorating UN’s Year of Reconciliation, and Peace Flag and Pole Ceremony. Organized by Celebration Earth, a special 2009 Culture of Peace Initiative program and supported by World Peace Prayer Society.


In September 2007, the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace held its third Global Summit in Kisarazu and Tokyo. The summit opened on September 21 with a celebration concert that highlighted Japan‟s musical culture and its peace constitution. About 50 delegates from 20 countries and 6 continents participated, many from developing nations attending for the first time.

The Goi Peace Foundation and World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) together with The Earth Kids Space Program celebrated Peace Day in Tokyo.

Hundreds of participants in Tokyo celebrated in a park with an art display with messages of peace, and a march with chants for peace.

A small group prayed for peace in Wakayama


The Goi Peace Foundation in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre in Tokyo disseminated information about the International Day of Peace to public and private schools throughout Japan, encouraging them to observe it in their own creative ways. In 2005, International Day of Peace was widely supported by the Ministry of Education of Japan, prefectural boards of education, school networks and some media organizations, with activity reports submitted by more than 62 schools. A total of 25,000 students from elementary through high school took part in the observations. In many schools, teachers talked about Peace in morning assemblies or organized special programs to discuss Peace, the work of United Nations and current international affairs. Other activities centered around the theme of Peace, including essay writing, poster drawing, creating slogans, singing songs and sharing a minute of silence. Some schools also made outreach efforts to raise awareness of the day in their homes and local communities, while others used the occasion to learn about the UN Millenium Development Goals and think of ways in which individuals can make a difference in this world. Education for sustainable development was also a focus of the International Day of Peace activities in a few schools. Members and friends of the Goi Peace Foundation and the World Peace Prayer Society also observed the day in different cities in Japan by dedicating Peace poles, conducting WPPS ceremonies, participating in community service projects and sharing the prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth”.

Service For Peace In Tokyo, high school students played volleyball and college students from six Asian nations discussed how to improve historic resentments between their countries and Japan. Flowers were brought to the Moyai statue in Shibuya for victims of 9/11 and other tragedies. In Hiroshima, volunteers displayed an exhibition of 170 Peace pictures drawn by students of elementary, junior and high schools and held a vigil at the memorial to those killed by the atomic bomb in 1945.

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

On a global level, reported events for the International Day of Peace continue to grow year after year (see the website listed above):

In the 2005 Report, 155 Peace Day events in 47 countries are presented.

The 2007 records show that:
* We had 623 commitments across the world
* 70 countries
* 225 cities (outside of the USA)
* 42 US states
* An estimate of nearly 500,000 participants
* An average of 500 people per event

2009 annual report listed 700+ events

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

not reported

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

The International Day of Peace is an annual event.

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

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