This is late, but here is one group which has been fighting against the sending of SDF soldiers to Iraq.
Tell Koizumi: No SDF Troops to Iraq!
Street E-mail Campaign
Place: Shinjuku East Exit (opposite Alta Bldg.)
Date: Tuesday December 2, 2003
Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm
Peace Boat heading the rising tide of public opinion strongly rejects the
decision taken by the Government to dispatch SDF troops to Iraq. The rapidly
rising death toll there, which now includes two Japanese diplomats murdered in
Tikrit on November 29, is making it clearer by the day that blindly following US
foreign policy in the so-called “war against terror” will only lead to the
further loss of innocent lives. It is therefore unacceptable for Japanese young
people to be sent to participate in and possibly become victims of this morally
unjustifiable and illegal war.
Peace Boat is calling on the Government to listen to abandon its decision to
send troops – a call which has the backing of the majority of people in Japan. A
Direct Action Centre will be set up on site as part of the event so that the
public have a chance to have their voice heard by sending emails directly to the
Prime Minister’s homepage. This display of direct democracy is a way to gives a
voice to young people who may not be able to vote or who feel ignored by the
current government’s reckless foreign policy.
The event will include:
– Slideshow presentation
– Speech by Kazuo Takahashi – Associate Professor of Middle East Studies,
University of the Air (planned)
– Direct street e-mail campaign to send messages to Prime Minister Koizumi.
For more information, contact:
Paul Mason, Peace Boat International Division, Tokyo
Tel: (03) 3363 8047 Mobile: (080) 3382 8033 Fax: (03) 3363 7562