The following message was sent by Dr Rebecca Johnson of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy and one of the Faslane 365 organisers:
Dear Big Blockaders,
Below is a letter of solidarity from some Japanese activists that I had spoken to during my meetings in Hiroshima and Tokyo in August.
As I'm in New York at UN meetings, I also have to wish you strength, nonviolent power, fun and effective blockading for tomorrow morning.
Love, peace and action,
Please find below a "letter of solidarity" from my colleagues and myself, who are members of Japan Association of International Relations and/or Peace Studies Association of Japan.
> I wish you great success of the Big Blockade. Please take care!
> In peace,
> Takao Takahara, Professor of International Politics and Peace Research Faculty of International Studies, Meiji-Gakuin University Kamikurata 1518, Totsuka-ku, Yokohama, Japan 244-8539 Tel: +81-45-863-2224 Fax: +81-45-863-2265 E-mail: taka [at] k.meijigakuin.ac.jp (or: ttmgu [at] hotmail.com)
> October 27, 2009
> "A letter of solidarity to the people gathering at Aldermaston"
> As citizens and members of academia residing in a country where survivors from the two atomic bombings strenuously continue to plea for elimination of nuclear weapons, we respectfully express our support for the people of Britain who will be at Aldermaston on Monday, October 27.
> Let's work together to assure that tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki never be repeated anywhere on this planet. Nuclear weapons are illegal and immoral, as Sir Joseph Rotblat, the Nobel Peace Laureate of 2005, declared.
> We regret that there still exist over 26,000 nuclear warheads, among which about 2,000 are said to be at hair-trigger alert. This is unbearable.
> We look forward to seeing Great Britain take back the decision to renew Trident, and assume the honorable role of becoming the first among the permanent members of the UN Security Council to discard nuclear arsenals.
> With best and warm regards,
> Seiji Endo, Seikei University
> Kiyoko Furusawa, Tokyo Women's Christian University
> Yasushi Ikeo, Kyoto Seika University
> Kumi Masuyama, Peace Studies Association of Japan
> Takako Nabeshima, Hokkaido University
> Shiho Nakazawa, Bunka Women's University
> Gen Nogami, Tsukuba University
> Tsutomu Nomita, Peace Studies Association of Japan
> Takahiro Nozaki, Chubu University
> Hidetsugu Odawara, Peace Studies Association of Japan
> Atsushi Shibasaki, Komazawa University
> Satoshi Shinden, University of Tokyo
> Akiko Sugiki, Kobe-Gakuin University
> Hiroko Takahashi, Hiroshima City University
> Takao Takahara, Meiji-Gakuin University
> Kayoko Teshigawara, Ferris Women's University
> Shinichiro Tsukada, Peace Depot
> Haruo Yamaguchi, Kobe University
> Masaki Yokoyama, Ferris Women's University
> Ryo Yoshida, University of Tokyo
Dr Rebecca E. Johnson
The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy
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