English version of the “Article 9 Association” bulletin and news.
|(Updated on August 5, 2006)|
6 Tokyo University A9A Groups Hold Joint Seminar
exchange activity reports
The A9A groups of six universities from around Tokyo held a joint summer seminar, on July 30 and 31, attended by about 40 students. The theme chosen was Article 9: Making New Growth. On the first day of the seminar, students learned about and discussed Article 9, and exchanged reports on their activities. On the second day students listened to a Hibakusha’s (Atomic Bomb Survivor’s) testimony, and held group discussion and studied anti-nuclear-weapons movements. The activities of some of the groups are given below.
“Keio University A9A”
Formed last May. This July the group sponsored a lecture marking the one year anniversary of the group’s founding, to an audience of 60. The group plans a tour to Yasukuni Shrine which enshrines Class A war criminals, and hold further study meetings.
“Chuo University A9A”
Formed in December 2004. This June the group sponsored a lecture on the theme “The surprisingly strong relationship between education and Article 9” by teachers from three of the university’s departments. Presently they hold a weekly study meeting on “Issues of Constitutional Revision.”
“Tokyo University A9A”
Formed in April 2004. Since its foundation, the group has held 15 study meetings, and has sponsored lectures at the yearly campus festivals. It is carrying out activities more effectively by making good use of their members’ mailing list.
“Meiji University A9A”
Formed in May 2005. The group holds a weekly “Article 9 café.” Themes discussed so far at the café are, “Are you for or against a revision of Article 9?” “Is the Democratic Party of Japan in favor of defending the Constitution?” and “Let’s visit Yasukuni Shrine.”
“Waseda University A9A”
Formed in 2004.
The group holds study meetings and sponsors lectures. About
700 people attended the lecture this group sponsored, which
was given by critic Kato Shuichi. It also holds various events
at yearly campus festivals.
On July 15 this group held a meeting on the topic ”Let’s talk about the Constitution--- toward a no-war world,” which was attended by about 100 citizens. A Saga A9A member reported on the June 10 national exchange meeting, saying “It had an air of excitement and power.” He expressed his determination that he would talk passionately about the importance of Article 9 to people around him.
＊ Sapporo(north eastern city of Japan) A9A group
Four members of this group who had attended
the June 10 meeting, reported on the meeting at the local gathering,
which was attended by 36 people. They spoke about various activities
of other A9A groups around the country, and lessons learned
from them. They also said they should expand the A9A network
in their local group.