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Call for Action! Sign a petition to Stop the use of Mt. Atagoyama development site for the installation of new U.S. Military housing (March 3, 2009)

Iwakuni There are around 100 U.S. Military bases and facilities throughout Japan. The U.S. Marine Corps has stationed in Iwakuni for nearly half a century, and has sent troops over Vietnam War and the Gulf War in its history.

Friends of YWCA of Japan visit Iwakuni for field trip in a peace education & peace making program called “Pilgrimage to Hiroshima” (*), and learn the facts about existence of military bases that cause serious humanitarian violations on both people living near the base and those targeted as enemies, as the past Vietnam War and the Gulf War cases explain.

YWCA of Japan Committee of “Pilgrimage to Hiroshima” received an urgent call for petition from Iwakuni locals to stop currently on-going construction project that most likely use Mt. Atagoyama development site for the installation of new U.S. Military housing. Mt. Atagoyama project was originally launched for the double purposes; one is for Iwakuni city’s urban development and the other was for countermeasure for noise pollution caused by the U.S. Corps and Japan Self-Defense Forces. Digging and leveling of Mt. Atagoyama started more than a decade ago, now only a portion of the mountain remains, and hundreds and millions tons of mud and rocks have been used to fill the sea for reclamation to extend the base’s runaway off shore, and to build town housing and shopping malls for urban development on the flattened land where it used to be Mt. Atagoyama.

However, now it turned out to be that the reclamation serves for reinforcement of the U.S. Corps military operation and, furthermore, the former Mt. Atagoyama area will also be used for the U.S. Military housing instead of urban development.

What would happen if there be the U.S. Military housing then? This is a force action on Iwakuni people to accept the U.S. soldiers as their neighbors -- that they do not want! Like many other communities where there are the U.S. Military bases, women and girls in particular have been the targets of violence. Countless of women and girls have been attacked and raped by the U.S. soldiers in Iwakuni, so that having them near would make a great potential that more women and girls would be at risk of attack.

To save lives of women & girls and people of Iwakuni, lives of everyone around the world, and lives of natural resources of Mt.Atagoyama and the sea, we appeal to you for signing the petition.

Down load the petition Deadline March 15th

YWCA of Japan
Committee of “Pilgrimage to Hiroshima”

(*) “Pilgrimage to Hiroshima” is a peace education and peace making program started upon the regret that YWCA of Japan could not be the power to stop the Asia-Pacific War and sacrificed uncountable lives of people in Asia and around the world. The program is based on the idea of No Nukes and No More War and Hibakusha and started in 1970’s.

Mt. Atagoyama movie: There used to be Mt. Atagoyama.
http://vision.ameba.jp/watch.do?movie=23793

(March, 3, 2009)
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