Anti-War, Peace Movements

Anti-War is a coalition of various groups that share the anti-war stance against the US invasion of Iraq.

Peace Act

Anti-War Network is an anti-war project, seeking to use the advantages of the worldwide web maximally. It defines itself as a gtemporary autonomous zone,h where anyone can organize anti-war acts in any way, by using the network. It also has a rich information section about on-going actions.

Article 9 League i‚Xπ˜Ajis the site of a group who seeks to expand article 9 to the world. The member includes Charles Douglas Lummis.

Block the Road to War.

Strike the Wartime Disaster Prevention system! iνŽž–hΠ‘̐§‚πŒ‚‚ΔIjis a pamphlet of the group fighting Tokyo City's disaster prevention plan ordered by mayor Shintaro Ishihara. Influenced by the US war against terrorism (FEMA after 9/11), the Self-Defense Forces' maneuvers, called gBig Rescue 2001,h took place in the Tokyo area, using the Yokota base of the US Air Force. This was a big step forward for Japan to begin military corporation with the US. This pamphlet scrutinizes the whole system with detailed maps and data.

Reports from the Tents Villageiƒeƒ“ƒg‘Ί’ʐMjis a newsletter of the group that observes the movements of the Self-Defense Forces in Tachikawa Base, Tokyo.
The point to watch is again the strengthening rapport of the Self-Defense Forces with the US Forces, the orientation toward Japan's rearmament.

Anti-Nuclear Development and Armament

Citizens Nuclear Information Center is an NPO that seeks to create a society without nuclear energy, free from entrepreneurs' interests. It is quite scientific in nature and has an elaborate English section.

Japanese Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms

Gensuikyo iŒ΄…‹¦jdeveloped out of a petition against the US test of the Hydrogen Bomb at Bikini in 1954, which sank a Japanese fishing boat. In 1965 a faction moved out from it to form Gensuikin, and it became a JCP dominant group.

Gensuikin iŒ΄…‹Φjwas established in 1965 by a group close to the Japan Socialist Party iŽΠ‰ο“}) and So-hyo--The All Japan Council of Labor Unions (“ϊ–{˜J“­‘g‡‘•]‹c‰ο)--who had left Gensuikyo.

Association of Citizens for Supporting South Korean Atomic Bomb Victims seeks to help all the foreign victims of the Atomic Bomb dropped in Hiroshima, including more than 20,000 South Korean victims.

Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations i”ν’c‹¦j says: git is the only nation-wide organization of A-bomb survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (hibakusha). It has member organizations in all 47 Japanese prefectures, thus representing almost all organized hibakusha.h

No Nukes Plaza i‚½‚ρ‚Ϋ‚ΫŽΙjproblematizes the existence of radioactive elements in food and other materials that surround us. It also stresses the fact that US used the bombs with depleted uranium during the first Gulf War in Iraq, whose effects have been detected in Iraqi people.

Survival Handbook for Nuclear Accidents is literally a guide for surviving accidents of various degrees and conditions, exemplifying the actual accidents in Japan.

A Personal Record of Hiroshima A-Bomb Survival is a personal memoir by Takeji Terao
English Version


Anti-Japan/US Security Treaty i”½ˆΐ•Ϋj

Ampo, a.k.a. Japan-US Security Treaty has affected the postwar Japan in toto, because it has made Japan a rear base for US military interventions in Asia, under the pretext of guarding the nation from the threat of communism. One of the clear points that has divided left from right in Japan has existed in how to approach Ampo. The right wing has always sought to revise Ampo in a way that makes it easier for Japan to re-arm at the expense of Article 9, by creating legislation for exceptional situations (i.e., Emergency Defense Legislation). Meanwhile the left has sought to protect Article 9 more or less unequivocally. This is why the anti-Ampo struggle had its powerful moments in the years 1960 and 1970. In a more recent context, the New Guidelines for US-Japan Defense Cooperation has been the focus of attention because of its problematically dangerous nature.

Thirty Opinions of Citizens iŽs–―‚ΜˆΣŒ©ŽO\‚Μ‰οjquestions the continuing US-Japan relationship as a military treaty. Various known pacifist ideologues participate in writing columns in it, including Makoto Oda, Rokuro Hidaka, Noam Chomsky, Chalmers Johnson, and so on.

In 1996, the US and Japan published a joint declaration according to the New Guidelines for US-Japan Defense Cooperation. Affected by the guideline, Japan has been gradually and certainly re-militarizing itself at the expense of Article 9. Information about The New Guidelines for US-Japan Defense Cooperation is found here.

The content of the guidelines can be read in English at

Declaration to refuse War Collaborations iν‘ˆ‹¦—Ν‹‘”ΫιŒΎjis a site that challenges the Guidelines. It analyzes the wide range of effects of this treaty, which are increasingly affecting everyday life in Japan.

Anti-US Base

There are many US military bases in Japan. They symbolize the nature of postwar Japan: it grew economically under the US protection/semi-occupation.

Peace Link: Hiroshima, Kure, Iwakuni is a coalition of local groups from Kure (naval port), Iwakuni (air force base), and Hiroshima. It manifests: gstop the nuclear ships coming into our port, stop the nuclear armed jet fighters flying from our land.h

Citizen's Anti-Nuclear Manifest at Yokosuka. Yokosuka has always been a town of naval port, before and after the war.

Rim Peace is a website operated by five members of municipal assembly of the cities where there are US bases: Fussa, Sagamihara, Iwakuni, and Saseho. This closely reports the movements of US military of all the bases in Japan.
English page

Goodbye US Marines Project. As the name suggests, its primary target is the riddence of US Marines from Japan. It is also active in anti-war against Iraq.

Against US Marines' Move to Bekkai-cho. The town is in Okinawa, the southern island where there are many US bases and people have been exposed to them the most. People of the town are fighting against the military maneuvers that are practiced despite the people's opposition.

Kansai Area Women's Network against US Base questions the costs of having US bases in Japan, the prime minister Koizumi's visit to Yasukuni Shrine, and the rapes of Japanese women by US soldiers.

Environmental Issues caused by Okinawa's US Base

Okinawa, Nago City Citizens against US Base