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Yu-Ai September issue 2019 — New Directors Roger & Kathy Edmark

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO Greeting from Roger and Kathy Edmark, new co-Directors of the World Friendship Center.  We have now been in Hiroshima for over a month and are enjoying our time at WFC.  We would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers at WFC for the warm welcome we have received. Roger Edmark I was born in North Dakota, in the USA. Before I was one year old, my parents moved to Seattle. They packed up my older sister and me in the car and drove to Seattle to look for milder weather and better employment opportunities.  Within one week, my father…

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Yu-Ai May issue 2019 — Korean PAX report by Keigo Nakamura

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO Participating in the Korean Pax Keigo Nakamura I learned many things and experienced many meaningful days while participating in the Korean Pax. For example, I learned about military comfort women and Korea in the Japan colonial period. I’d like to tell about four of my most impressionable experiences. First, on the morning of the second day, I saw demonstrations held in front of a military comfort women statue near the Japanese Embassy. Many people participated in the demonstrations due to the day falling on May Day, including many students. Some, wearing yellow dresses like Jakie Chan, hit something like a sponge…

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Yu-Ai May issue 2019 — Korean PAX report by Matsue Matsumoto

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO Participating in the Korean PAX Matsue Matsumoto I participated in the Korean PAX from April 30 to May 5. During this trip, I visited places where we usually could not go, and had very valuable experiences. I participated in a protest meeting which was held in front of the Japanese Embassy on Wednesday May 1. The protest meeting is held on every Wednesday. In the afternoon, we went to Seodaemun Prison History Hall. On May 2, we visited the Comfort Women Historical Museum and met a Korean woman at House of Sharing. They both depicted negative legacies of the Imperial Japanese…

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Yu-Ai May issue 2019 — Korean PAX report by Iori Fujimoto

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO Impressions of participating in this Korea PAXIori Fujimoto This Korean PAX was my first time living overseas, and also the first cross-cultural exchange. Participating in this program gave me a lot of experience and knowledge. First is the history of Korea. In this program, I mainly learned about the issue of comfort women. Through this study, I fully realized how Japan turned away from the issue of comfort women, and how painful the victims and bereaved people felt. Because we Japanese are not interested in this issue at all, are not educated, and are very rude to the other party, We…

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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 February issue 2019 — Joining the study tour to Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO Joining the study tour toKyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan UniversityKatsumi Takahashi On a light rainy day at the end of January, we traveled to Kyoto to visit the Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University. There were eight of us in all: four WFC board members, four Hiroshima Pass-on-Project lecture participants. At Kyoto station, we were met by Ms. Yoshiko Tanigawa, a volunteer guide from the museum. She led us to a bus on which we headed for Ritsumeikan University at the foot of Mt. Kinugasa. According to her explanation, of its type as a university-established museum, it is unsurpassed…

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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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