Report: Parallel event at CSW61 "Young Women’s Leadership for Peace- Learning from `Pilgrimage to Hiroshima`” (Mar. 21, 2017)
On March 15, Wednesday, during the CSW61 in New York, three young women from the YWCA of Japan held a parallel event “Young Women’s Leadership for Peace- Learning from `Pilgrimage to Hiroshima`”. They shared the experience and learnings from the “Pilgrimage to Hiroshima”, a peace-education program regarding the Atomic Bomb dropped in the city in 1945. They provided virtual experience of the “Pilgrimage to Hiroshima” , including visit to memorial sites through visual materials, introduction of testimonies of the survivors, and sharing of experiences as young women’s leaders who organized the program. During the event, the participants exchanged opinions on various topics such as Hiroshima, war, education, interaction at grass-root level, compensation/ apology for wartime crimes and atrocities etc. in constructive way. At the end of the discussion, they wrote out their idea on how to create, promote and sustain peace.
YWCA of Japan will hold a parallel event at the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women! (Jan. 17, 2017)
5 members including 4 young women from YWCA of Japan will participate in the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) for the duration of March 9th to 18th.
For the past years, YWCA of Japan has been participating in this conference as a part of World YWCA team which aims at advocating and strengthening young women’s leadership and empowerment. This year, YWCA of Japan will be hosting a parallel event on this occasion. We would kindly like to invite you for our event.
Report: Thinking of New Energy from Fukushima Part.2 (Jan. 17, 2017)
Proposal from high-school students living in Fukushima
YWCA of Japan implemented a program ” Thinking of New Energy from Fukushima Part.2” for high-school students living in Fukushima following the last year, to provide a chance to learn about the system and operation of natural energy as well as to discuss how to, apply them in daily life and spread them through society. The program was composed of 8 events held from July to November 2016, which can be roughly divided into 3 categories; 1. field trip within and outside Fukushima, 2. study about attempts on renewal energy within Fukushima, and 3. presentation (having purposes of reporting the outcome of the program, raising awareness on renewable energy, and giving a proposal on future attempts), including a presentation during 1st World Community Power Conference’s side event “Fukushima youth conference on renewable energy” held on November 3, 2016 at Corasse Fukushima.
Report: Pilgrimage to Hiroshima 2016 (Jan. 16, 2017)
- From Hiroshima to Fukushima and to the World -
In August, with the glare of the strong sunlight just like August 1945, the day 71 years ago, Pilgrimage to Hiroshima was held with around 70 participants,many of whom were junior and high school students from all over Japan, and with guests from the National Council of YWCAs of China and the YWCA of Korea.
Statement of Protest against the Japanese Government’s decision to vote against the UN resolution for Nuclear Abolition Treaty (2nd November, 2016)
On 27th October, a resolution aiming for the realization of the first treaty outlawing nuclear weapons was adopted by vote in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, with 123 nations voting in favor. This was a significant step forward, achieved by the efforts of many people striving for peace. Despite this remarkable fact, the Government of Japan, a country which has suffered from Atomic Bombs in the past, has voted against this resolution. The role that should be played by the government of Japan, which has experienced the Atomic Bomb damage in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, is to lead the international society towards total abolition of nuclear weapons by continuing to point out the threat of nuclear weapons and the reality of the damages that they have caused; not to hamper the progress of nuclear abolition for the sake of staying under the U.S. “nuclear umbrella” and subserviently following their military strategies. The YWCA of Japan strongly protests against the Japanese Government’s decision to vote against the UN resolution.
Report: Korea-Japan Youth Conference 2016
- Transformation of Energy for Nuclear-Free World - (June 1oth, 2016)
Korea-Japan Youth Conference 2016, a joint program by YWCA of Japan and National YWCA of Korea, took place under the theme of “Transformation of Energy for Nuclear-Free World” in Busan, Korea from 1st to 4th August 2016. 14 people from YWCA of Japan, together with 20 people from National YWCA of Korea participated in this conference, and learned and discussed nuclear energy, which is an issue commonly shared by both countries.
The annual report of the YWCA of Japan, for April 2015-March 2016 (June 1oth, 2016)
Statement of protest against the rape and murder case in Okinawa by a former U.S. Marine soldier (22nd May, 2016)
In May 2016, an ex-Marine soldier admitted to raping and murdering a Japanese woman in Okinawa prefecture, where 74% of U.S. military bases and facilities in Japan are located. The YWCA of Japan expresses strong protest and anger against both Japanese and U.S. Governments, which are reluctant to withdraw U.S. military bases which have continuously contributed to the repeating cases of such a painful incident.
Mid to long term support project for Great Eastern Japan Earthquake/nuclear accident survivors (May 9, 2016)
Five years from the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting nuclear power plant accident in March 2011, the suffering of the affected people are still continuing. More than 165,000 people are still displaced, and the people who chose or had no choice but to stay in /return to the affected areas are facing the threat of health risks and continuous psychological stress from radioactive pollution, which takes thousands of years to disappear
After the Great East Japan Earthquake, the YWCA of Japan has engaged in emergency relief activities, including provision of aid supplies and sending volunteer coordinators and volunteers.
At this stage, we are conducting programs for mid-to-long term support, to continuously support the women and children facing difficulty in the affected areas, until the day when children born on the day of the disaster turn 20 years old.
Call for support: Earthquake in Kumamoto (16th April, 2016)
From the evening on 14th April up to now, a series of massive earthquakes, at the largest M7.3, has hit Kumamoto Prefecture and surrounding areas, killing at least 27 people and injuring more than 1500 people. The people in the affected area are facing fear of further destruction by the continuing strong aftershocks and approaching heavy rain.
The YWCA of Japan is now in the process of collecting information on the safety of members and families amidst the ongoing situation. We will engage in support activity for the affected women and children, with the local YWCAs in the area as a basis. We are now calling for donations for the support of women and children. .
Thinking of New Energy from Fukushima
Proposal from high-school students living in Fukushima(Mar 12, 2016)
During 2015-2016, the YWCA of Japan coordinated the program “Thinking of New Energy from Fukushima”, for high school students living in Fukushima.
Nanjing Peace Pilgrimage 2016
- Pilgrimage of peace starts from our heart -
(26th February-Mst March, 2016)
On February 26th to March 1st, 2016, the YWCA of Japan and the National Council of YWCAs of China co-hosted a peace program “Nanjing Peace Pilgrimage” in Nanjing, China, with cooperation from Nanjing YWCA. 15 participants from the YWCA of Japan and 23 participants from the National Council of YWCAs of China learned about history together and shared their thoughts at the city of Nanjing, where the Japanese military massacred citizens during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
- Pilgrimage to Hiroshima 2015(4 Sept., 2015)
Reconsidering the 70 years since the Bombing – Towards Our Common Future
This summer was the 70th summer since the city of Hiroshima was attacked by the Atomic Bomb.YWCA of Japan held its program Pilgrimage to Hiroshima 2015 from the 11th to the 13th of August. This was the 45th time the Pilgrimage was held. 60 participants gathered in Hiroshima, junior and senior, from all over Japan, including international students studying in Japan. Guests from YWCA of China and Korea came all over from their countries as well.
Statement of Protest against Security Bills: Protect Article 9! (2nd July, 2015)
The YWCA of Japan demands the withdrawal of the Security Bills and expresses strong protest against the current administration’s attempts to establish these laws.
YWCA Festa in Okinawa (27th February, 2015)
The YWCA of Japan held the “YWCA Festa in Okinawa” in Naha city, Okinawa, from 14th to 16th February 2015.
The participants learned about the history of Okinawa, which had been an individual kingdom with unique culture before being annexed by mainland Japan, and its current situation where more than 74% of U.S. military bases concentrate on the small islands, causing threat to the safety of women and girls in the area, and a new base is now about to be constructed despite the will of the people clearly shown through a number of elections.
The program was participated by 112 people from throughout Japan, as well as 6 participants from the YWCA of Philippines. During the event, Ms. Leonida Ortiz, president of the YWCA of Philippines, shared the activities of the YWCA of Philippines on recovering from the damages of the Typhoon Hayan in 2013.
At the closing of the event, the participants expressed their will through hand-drawn banners and a joint appeal. The YWCA of Japan, together with our sisters in Okinawa and around the world, will continue to call for a peaceful world without military bases.
Call for an Immediate Stop of Attacks on Gaza and Lifting of Blockade (25th August, 2014)
We, who value and respect human life and human rights, demand the Government of Israel to immediately stop the attack and lift the blockade on Gaza Strip.
We demand the Japanese Government to clearly raise a voice in the international community against the inhumane actions by Israel, to exercise its influence in order to lift the occupation of Palestine, and to refrain from security cooperation with Israel or providing support to Israel.
Protest Against Allowing Japan to Exercise Collective Self-Defense Prohibited by Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution (June 17th, 2014)
Founded in 1905, the YWCA of Japan has experienced the Asia-Pacific War and regretted that its voice was not strong enough to stop Japan from becoming an aggressor and claiming the lives of thousands of people around the world. After 1945, we re-started our work upholding “Peace Constitution”, and especially have been focusing on grassroots human exchange programs among people in Northeast Asia in hope that Japan to become a truly peaceful nation.
Japan-Korea YWCAs Conference: Joint Statement (May 20, 2014)
The YWCA of Japan and the YWCA of Korea, have jointly held the 8th Japan-Korea YWCAs Conference in Okinawa, Japan, from January 22 to 25, 2014 under the theme, “Peace in Northeast Asia and Collaboration between the YWCA of Japan and the YWCA of Korea”.
During the Conference, the participants reaffirmed the solidarity between the two YWCAs, nurtured by learning from the past history and working together to create a peaceful future. They visited monuments for the war in Okinawa during World War II, which killed a large number of residents; they learned about the reality of damages caused by the presence of military bases which are overwhelmingly concentrated in Okinawa; they exchanged candid discussions about the issue of military bases and nuclear weapons/power which are faced by both countries.
At the end of the Conference, a joint-statement was issued, voicing our commitment to creating a peaceful East-Asia.
The YWCA of Japan call for Unconditional Return of the Futenma Airbase, Okinawa (January 17, 2014)
The Govenor of Okinawa recently expressed his intention to permit the
reclamation of Henoko bay, a sea of environmenal riches dwelled by coral
reef and endangered dugongs, in order to build a new U.S. military base
intended by the Japanese and U.S. Governments. For a long time, local
residents including Okinawa YWCA members have desperately opposed
to this destruction of environment and further infringement of people's
The YWCA of Japan issued a letter to the Governor and the Japanese Government protesting this move, and demanding revision of the unequal Japan-U.S. military treaty which has forced vast U.S. bases on the small islands of Okinawa.
Human rights violations including violence against women around military
bases are not only a matter in Okinawa or Japan; instead, it is a shared problem everywhere where there
are military bases.
The YWCA of Japan and the National YWCA of Korea will hold a Conference next week from 22nd to 25th January 2014 in Okinawa, under the theme "Peace in East Asia and Collaboration between YWCAs of Japan and Korea", and is also planning to hold a National gathering in Okinawa in early 2015.The YWCA of Japan is willing to work with sisters around the world to tackle human rights problems surrounding military bases.
Protest Against Prime Minister’s Yasukuni War-Shrine Visit (December 27, 2013)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Yasukuni War-Shrine on December 26th, 2013, the first anniversary of the formation of Abe Cabinet. As Yasukuni Shrine is a symbol of militarism, and regarding Abe cabinet's aggressive move towards Japan's militarization, YWCA of Japan has sent its protest note to Prime Minister Abe on December 26th, 2013.
We Stay Firm to Defend Japan's Peace Diplomacy (December 16, 2013)
Despite thousnads of protesters, people with authority
forced through the State Secret Law on December 6th, 2013.
YWCA of Japan continues to shout "refuse to join arms race!" and pledge
to stay firm as a Peacemaking NGO and as citizens uphold Peace
YWCA has sent its protest note to Prime Minister Mr. Abe on December 13th, 2013.
Letter of Protest against the Abe Cabinet's Move Towards Militarization with the U.S. (October 25, 2013)
Since the start of the second Abe Cabinet in July 2013, a number of military and security related laws are eagerly and urgently intended to be passed. The YWCA of Japan strongly protest against this move because we know militarism only creates conflict but does not make peace.
Statement on the YWCA Week without Violence. (October 17th, 2013)
One of our core concerns regarding violence against women is the issue of military sexual slavery by the Japanese military during the World War II. In this statement, we reiterate our commitment to resolving this issue, and our protests against politicians and officials who deny and attempt to revise the historical reality. We believe that our Government should sincerely face its own responsiblity and take necessary measures to compensate for the damages it has inflicted on the people around the world.
Letter of Protest against Cabinet Members’ visit to Yasukuni Shrine (August 21, 2013)
On 15th August, the anniversary day for the end of the World War II in Japan,
three cabinet minister officially visited the controversial Yasukuni
Shrine, which had once been a spiritual pillar of Japan’s militarism
and its invasion to Asia.
Moreover, Prime Minister Abe sent his special aide to make a donation to the shrine under the name of “Liberal Democratic Party Leader”. The prime minister also omitted any mention about the damages caused on the Asian countries by the Japanese military, or Japan’s regret about the aggression, or the “pledge not to engage in war again” in his speech in a national memorial service.
We, the YWCA of Japan, strongly protest against these moves.
JAPANESE GOVERNMENT MUST APOLOGIZE TO THE JAPANESE ARMY'S 'COMFORT WOMEN'! (July 22, 2013)
The YWCAs of Japan and Korea have issued a statement demanding the Japanese Government to fulfill its responsibility to apologize and compensate for the crimes of wartime military sexual slaverly and bring those responsible to justice.
Letter to the Japanese Government regarding the Recommendations of UN Committee against Torture about the Japanese wartime military sex slavery system (July 12, 2013)
In May, 2013, the Committee against Torture made strong recommendations toward Japan, regarding the improper and inadequate situations as to the issue of Japanese wartime military sex slavery system. The YWCA of Japan requests the Government to accept and make appropriate responses and actions to the Recommendations.
YWCA of Japan Endorsed Letters of Protest on Japan-India Nuclear Agreement (May 28, 2013)
It is reported that Prime Minister Abe of Japan and Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India are to hold talks regarding a potential agreement on nuclear export/import, during Prime Minister Singh's stay in Japan since May 27.
The YWCA of Japan is extremely concerened and outraged by the Japanese Government's attempts to export nuclear power plants, while being unable to stop the leaking and dangerous state of the damaged Fukushima plant even now. The people of Japan are experiencing serious damages to all aspects of life as a result of the 2011 accident, and we strongly oppose to actions which might bring the same danger to the people of India.
We have endorsed a joint letter from 330 NGOs to Prime Minister Abe and Prime Minister Singh, asking to withdraw from discussing such an agreement.
Statement of Protest against Japanese Government's Refusal to Sign the NPT joint Statement on Nuclear Weapons (May 17, 2013)
Letter to Mayor Toru Hashimoto of Osaka City, Requesting
Retraction and Apology for his Remarks on “Comfort Women” (May 15, 2013)
Read the letter "Letter of Request for Retraction and Apology for the Remark that “Comfort Women were Necessary”, and for Responsible Actions to Regain International Trust"
Pilgrimage to Hiroshima 2013 Two Sufferings: Atomic Bomb and Radiation Exposure - Thinking in Hiroshima about the Root of Peace - Aug. 7 (Wed)-9 (Fri), 2013
(May 2, 2013）
On summer days 68 years ago, Hiroshima and Nagasaki suffered Atomic Bombing. There is no knowing how many people and how much things vanished at an instant. There is no knowing how much suffering the survivors have endured ever since.
On 11th March two years ago, the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant accident occurred. The damaged plant still shows no sign of regaining control, and the residents are experiencing a great and long-lasting suffering, including those who were forced to evacuate from their homelands and those who chose to stay. Hiroshima, a city which suffered the atomic bomb, has a significant meaning as a place to discuss the importance of peace. The program “Pilgrimage to Hiroshima” has continued since 1970, and there is a good reason that it has continued for 40 years. This year, it is your turn to experience it!
Application Form (Collage/University students and Non-student adult)
Application Form (Junior and high school students)
The YWCA of Japan protests against the Japanese Government’s actions to force US military base in Okinawa(April.4,2013)
On 22nd March, the Japanese Government submitted a form applying for permission to landfill the coast of Henoko, Okinawa prefecture, in order to construct a new and highly equipped military base replacing the Futenma Base, “the most dangerous US base in the world” which locates amidst a densely populated city of Ginowan.
YWCA members protesting in front of the Ministry of Defense
YWCA of Japan's Statement of Protest against the
“Z Machine” Nuclear Test by the United States of America(March.25,2013)
Read the letter
YWCA of Japan's Statement of Protest against DPRK's Nuclear Test
On 12th February, the Korean Central News Agency broadcasted about the third nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) after October 2006 and May 2009, as “part of practical measures of counteraction to defend the country's security and sovereignty in the face of the ferocious hostile act of the U.S”. The YWCA of Japan strongly protests against the nuclear test that your country carried out, as it is not only a global environmental destruction but also an act that may bring an irretrievable situation in Northeast Asia.
The YWCA of Japan Supports the YWCA of India in its Work to End Violence against Women(Feb.15,2013)
The YWCA of Japan supports the initiative of the YWCA of India in bringing safety and justice for women in India, given the brutal incident of gang-rape and death that took place last December. As an action to support the YWCA of India’s call to action, the YWCA of Japan has submitted a letter to the Indian Embassy in Japan to request its implementation.
One of the YWCA offices in Hiroshima also issued a message of support towards the YWCA of India, since they hosted a visit of delegates from the YWCA of India last summer, during a peace program conducted by the YWCA of Japan.
-Read the letter to the Indian Embassy in Tokyo
-Read about the YWCA of India’s campaign in the World YWCA website
Our president, Naoko Matano, has been reelected for another
term of four years. We have also elected a new board, 25%
of which are young women.
President: Naoko Matano
Vice presidents: Chie Yoshimura, Yumiko Yokoyama
Secretary: Satoko Fujitani
Below are the action and advocay appeal we adopted for the new council years.
action and advocay appeal
URGENT ACTION: Stop Agression Over Gaza (Nov.20,2012)
Israeli's agression over Gaza has been accelerating since its first attack on November 14th, 2012.
It reminds us of the Gaza Massacre in 2008-2009 when 1,400 people were killed by deadly air attack.
YWCA of Japan urgently sent a letter to ambassador Nissim Ben-Shitrit of Israel, ambassador John Victor Roos of the United Stats of America, and Japanese ambassador Hideo Sato in Israel to immediately end aggression and to protect lives of Gazans.
Read the letter
YWCA International Training Institute: “Women’s leadership in peace building and global advocacy to eliminate violence against women” (Nov.16,2012)
YWCA of Japan nominated members including a young woman to participate International Training Institute organized by the World YWCA and hosted by the National YWCA of Korea from November 8-13, 2012.
Report : World YWCA website
YWCA of Japan Calls Ending Military Violence Against Women and against
It was during the YWCA Week Without Violence when a young woman was attacked by 2 young American military soldiers placed in the U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan. Crimes in Japan caused by the U.S. military and soldiers count nearly 2,000 annually and the recent violence against woman in Okinawa is the tip of an iceberg.
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Report: Japan-Korea Youth Conference 2012
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.
Report: "Pilgrimage to Hiroshima 2012"
The "Pilgrimage to Hiroshima 2012" was held in Hiroshima from 7th to 9th August 2012. This year's program was held under the theme "Global Hibakusha", or those affected by radiation throughout the world, with 54 participants from various age groups, including guests from India YWCA and China YWCA. The participants visited sites that remind of the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, and listened to testimonies by survivors of the bombing. They shared thoughts and impressions of the trip with each other, and discussed ways for a peaceful future.