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Report: Japan-Korea Youth Conference 2012@@(September 5, 2012j

Japan-Korea Youth Conference 2012, a joint program by YWCAs of Japan and Korea, took place from 24th to 27th August 2012 in Minamata city, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, with 41 participants.


The theme for this yearfs Conference is gNuclear Energyh. The program included a report about the nuclear accident in the TEPCO Fukushima nuclear power plant, as well as reports about situations surrounding nuclear power in Japan and Korea. The participants actively learned and discussed the social structure surrounding nuclear power, and how it affects our lives and society.

They also took a fieldwork in Minamata city, including a visit to the Minamata Disease Municipal Museum and lectures from Dr. Hanada from Kumamoto Gakuen University, and Ms. Shinobu Sakamoto from the Collaboration Center for Minamata Disease Victims. This enabled the participants to learn about the famous industrial pollution-caused disease case and the struggles of the affected patients. It was also an opportunity to address the common issues shared by this problem and the nuclear issue.

Field trip in Minamata city Discussing actions for the future

The conference took place in the quiet mountains of Minamata area. During break time and recreation time, the participants enjoyed playing in the river, watching the star-filled sky, and traditional Japanese summer treats such as fireworks and eating watermelon.

Finally, they got together to create gactionsh to realize a nuclear-power free society and just world. This was done by creative expressions such as drama, campaign poster design, dancing and music. The outcomes of their creation were presented in the closing day.

Presentation: Exchanging situations in Japan and Korea Designing a campaign poster

The participants from Japan and Korea promised with each other to spread the actions they created in this conference back in their own communities, as they bid farewell until the next conference.

Japan-Korea Youth Conference 2012 was funded by Mitsubishi UFJ Foundation, Japan Fund for Global Environment, and Japan-Korea Cultural Foundation.



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