English version of the “Article 9 Association” bulletin and news.
|(Updated on August 12, 2006)|
| Using Lessons from June 10 Meeting (Part 2)|
Local and Occupational A9A groups are on a road of expansion
Women’s A9A in Tokachi (a city in
On July 3, eight founders of this women’s group held a press conference. There are 26 founding members: lawyers, architects, doctors, public health officers, former teachers, and others. A former teacher said, “I attended a military ceremony at Jingu Outer Garden in Tokyo in October 1943, and saw off many college students going to war with fervent applause. The sorrowful scene is still vivid in my memory. We want to expand our women’s network in order not to let it happen again.”
Haiku A9A in Oita (A city in southeast Japan)
On July 17, haiku writers sponsored a “lecture and gathering of haiku lovers” with 60 people attending. The participants exchanged haiku, and one of them was:
even some kids wrote their names
wearing summer caps
At the end of the gathering the group adopted
an appeal for making the A9A drive stronger.
Minami-Kawachi A9A in Osaka
On July 8, a local A9A group sponsored a rally “No to constitutional revision, and let’s defend our life and peace!” It was attended by about 400 people. At the rally a representative of Osaka Co-op (part of the nationwide grocery cooperative movement) said, “I saw the light of hope when the Constitution was set up and declared renunciation of war and gender equality in 1947.” Another A9A member said, “Even those who approve the Self-Defense Forces oppose their making war abroad.”
Neyagawa A9A in Osaka
A unified A9A group covering the whole city of Neyagwa was initiated on July 9. Its aim is to inform citizens about this issue, so that the majority of the citizens will come out in favor of defense of Article 9. The group plans to sponsor a commemorative assembly in October, and to further integrate the A9A groups formed in the area so far.
Owari-Asahi A9A near Nagoya ---
Our A9A group made four A-4 size (large notebook size) mini-posters to publicize our campaign in our city, and we have been trying to get them posted on private homes’ walls and other places around the city. To date, 710 posters have been sold. Our group has been formed for only two months, but the number of supporters has reached 480.
Scientists’ A9A in Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo
We scientists in Kanagawa Prefecture formed “Scientists’ A9A group” on November 22 last year with 43 founders. So far the number of supporters has reached 107, and the donations collected amount to \360,000. We are steadily pushing ahead with our campaign to form an A9A group in every college and research institute. We also plan to sponsor the first study meeting on June 24 at Tsurumi College, with a lecture by a college scholar on “Problems on a bill concerning national referendum procedures for constitutional revision.” (END)