PAX

Yu-Ai May issue 2019 — Korean PAX report by Minao Capper

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO Korea PAXMinao Capper On my trip to Korea though PAX I wanted to find out what the Korean youth feel about peace, understand more about the historical problems between Japan and Korea, and experience the Korean culture. I especially think I now understand the issue about the Korean women forced to be sex slaves by the Japanese military, and I could see it from a different perspective than before. On the first day, we joined a protest in front of the Japanese embassy. I was surprised that there were many young people, even though it was a national holiday. They were…

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Yu-Ai May issue 2019 — Korean PAX report by Shizuo Tachibana

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO 2019 Korean PAX reportShizuo Tachibana I visited South Korea from April 30 to May 5, 2019 as group leader of the Korean PAX tour, the Peace Ambassador Exchange. I would like to share a few thoughts regarding this Korean PAX. We visited the House of Sharing for victims of Japanese military sexual slavery on May 2. There we met one of the grandmothers, 이옥선 Ii Ukseon, and I apologized to her as a Japanese person. However, she said that she wanted an apology from the Japanese government, not from me. She said that she didn’t expect an apology from the Prime…

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Yu-Ai November issue 2018 — USA PAX report by Mirei Tashiro

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO   In retrospect of the PAX Tour USA Foundations of Peace   The 12 day PAX Tour was, for me, an experience of many “beginnings.” My daily experiences and realizations led to seeing Hiroshima through an outside perspective and to think of “peace” in broader ways. It also became a trip of self-discovery. The sculpture placed at the University of Chicago where the world’s first nuclear reactor was, and the exhibit at the United States Air Force Museum both seemed to showcase the American narrative praising the achievement and development of nuclear power to this day. A statement from a Chinese…

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Yu-Ai November issue 2018 — USA PAX report by Miho Nishii

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO   Thinking back on the 2018 PAX Tour To America: Peace from a True Spirit of Volunteerism Miho Nishii   I joined PAX Tour to America from September 17th to September 28th as one of 4 PAX members. We visited 4 places: Elgin and Bloomington – Normal in Illinois; Wilmington and Bluffton in Ohio, to make presentations about peace. The experiences of having met a lot of people with volunteer spirits in America changed my understanding of volunteerism . I learned that family units in America are open to society and people naturally work for the community as volunteers. It seemed…

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Yu-Ai November issue 2018 — USA PAX report by Tatsushi Amano

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO   American PAX 2018 Tatsushi Amano   I had a chance to participate in the PAX-USA 2018. It all started last April when Yamane-san, the WFC chairperson, asked me if I would like to perform the one-man play, “Living with Father”, in the U.S.A. I had already performed the play with English subtitles before the WFC members, including the co-directors. I agreed to the proposal with pleasure. It would be a precious chance for me to perform the play about the A-bomb on Hiroshima written by Hisashi Inoue, a prominent Japanese playwright.  I was nervous because I had no confidence in…

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Yu-Ai November issue 2018 — USA PAX report by Youko Mimura

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO   American PAX report Youko Mimura   I applied to join American PAX at the end of June. It was privilege for me to be chosen as one of the participants and to have such a precious experience. We visited four places and met many people who welcomed us. I think that the warm welcome was only thanks to the years of relationship cultivated between each person or group and the WFC. I deeply appreciate the organizers and WFC committee members for working kindly to preparing our trip and give accurate information. I also thank each host family for accepting us,…

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