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English version of the gArticle 9 Associationh bulletin and news.
The English version of the gArticle 9 Associationh bulletin and news (No.81, dated December 28th, 2006) is published by Katsuyuki NARA and Sarah BROCK of the New English Teachers Association (http://www.shin-eiken.com/). The translations are all on our ownD
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[Updated December 31st]

@Winning a majority opinion for defense of Article 9

@ A9A groups around the country have been working hard in order to win support for Article 9 by the majority of the people crossing political lines. Examples of these activities are given below:.

1.  1,000 people gather---- Kakogawa A9A group in Hyogo Prefecture

@ The Kokagawa A9A Group sponsored the gMarking 60th anniversary of enactment of the Constitutionh meeting on November 2nd, which was attended by about 1,000 citizens. That the meeting drew such a good turnout is mainly due to the impressive speech of actor Yonekura Masakane, in addition to other interesting events. The organizing committee, chaired by a local priest, was organized by 182 city celebrities from various walks of life, including former town mayors, former local assembly members, and company presidents. In addition, Kobe Shimbun, Sankei TV, two local cities and two town offices, and their boards of education cooperated in the gathering. The venue was full of participants, including war survivors, presidents of elderly peoplefs clubs, and young people.

 

2.  80 % of women lawyers join ----- Fukuoka womenfs A9A group

@@ The Fukuoka Womenfs A9A Group held its inaugural meeting on December 8th@ with about 300 people attending. It was notable that 61 women lawyers, 80 % of those practicing in Fukuoka Prefecture, expressed their support for the gathering. Speeches were given by three women; Yukawa Reiko, jazz critic, Kimura Kotoe, head of plaintiffs of the suit seeking compensation for desertion in China at the end of World War II, and Kita Etsuko, president of Japan Red Cross Kyushu Nursing College.

 

3.  Nine prefectural assembly members form A9A group--- in Nara

@@Nine incumbent and former prefectural assembly members in Nara inaugurated an A9A group on November 21st. crossing political lines from independent, Japanese Communist, Liberal Democratic, and Japan Socialist parties. Five group members promoted the statement gto create a war-free world, making use of the 1988 declaration for international, cultural, sightseeing city of Nara.h Members are encouraging every municipal assembly member to join the group.

 

4.  A9A exchange meeting----- in Gifu

@@Fifty A9A groups held an exchange meeting on November 18th and 19th. About 350 people took part. The A9A group in Tsukechi district reported that just half of 5,472 eligible voters there have signed the signature for the defense of Article 9, which news was given a big hand at the meeting. A third-grader in high school who attended the World Forum in Vancouver told the audience about his experiences.

 

5. Prefectural residentsf meeting ----- in Shiga

@@The Shiga A9A Group sponsored an exchange meeting called gShiga Prefectural residentsf meetingh on December 3rd. Hashimoto Kenfichi, former Biwa town mayor, addressed the meeting as follows.@ gWe formed Biwa A9A Group in November with the support of 11 public figures from various fields. Wefd like to strengthen our activities in the future.h Shiga A9A Group have recently put up a big signboard near a railway saying, gWorld peace starts with Article 9,h which can be seen from train windows.@

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@ In addition to the above reports, the A9A secretariat has received letters from the following local A9A groups; Oku-Musashi, Atsugi, and Shikido A9A groups. Reports of these communications will be made at a later date.

 

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