Protest Against Allowing Japan to Exercise Collective Self-Defense Prohibited by Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution

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.

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YWCA(Young Women’s Christian Association)is an international NGO where, upon a Christian foundation, women from around the world exceed the barriers of language and cultures and work together to encourage women’s participation in society and to realize a peaceful world where human rights, health and environment is protected. The movement began in Great Britain in 1855, and nowadays, it works in more than 100 countries throughout the world. The YWCA of Japan works with 24 local YWCAs and 37 junior and senior high-school YWCAs, and holds ESOSOC consultative status since 2019.