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Friday, October 13, 2006

Vancouver Save Article 9 Upcoming Event

I am a member of Vancouver Save Article 9 (VSA9), an organization established in May 2005 with the common purpose of preserving the 'Peace Clause' of the Japanese Constitution.

The Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution is as follows:

Renunciation of War

Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.

In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

November 3rd, 2006 will be the 60th anniversary of promulgation of the Japanese Constitution. VSA9 will host a special event to commemorate the day when the new constitution was announced to the people of the war-torn Japan in 1946.

An Interactive Workshop:

The Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution - Let's Talk and Think Together

Date: Thursday October 26th, 2006
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (door opens at 6:30 PM)
Place: Room A338, Langara College
100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Parking: Flat Fee of $2.25 after 5 PM
Fee: $3
RSVP: info@vsa9.com by October 24th please.
Language: There will be many Japanese-speaking participants but there will be at least one English-speaking discussion group with a facilitator.

About the Event: This is VSA9's first attempt to create a space for dialogue about the pressing and controversial issue of the constitutional revision (or not) for everybody regardless of one's opinion about the issue. This was in response to many of the participants who attended the past events of VSA9 who gave feedback that they wanted to hear more from people who had different opinions. VSA9 also wanted to narrow the chasm and lack of communication between the people who were 'for' and 'against' the constitutional revision. This event is really going to be for everyone that is interested and does not require prior knowledge of the constitution of Japan or the historic issues. At the end of this workshop we will invite each participant to write your own ideal 'Article 9.'

Below is the same information in Japanese.

  『憲法九条 共に語ろう 考えよう』

日本国憲法公布60周年の11月3日を前に、憲法九条を変える、変えないさまざまな意見に触れ、反対、賛成の立場の違いを超えて対話しよう、そして最後に自分自身の憲法九条を書いてみようという参加型ワークショップです。改憲に賛成の方、反対の方、共に大歓迎です。あまり専門的にはならずざっくばらんな市民の会を目指していますので「九条のことなんて考えたこともない」という方もどうぞお気軽にいらしてください。事前に資料を送りますので、早めのお申込をお待ちしております。

日時   10月26日(木)午後7時-9時(開場6時半)

場所   ランガラ・カレッジ  A338号室(A棟3階)
      Langara College
      100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

駐車   午後5時以降は flat fee $2.25

参加費用 3ドル(場所代として)

参加申込 10月24日までに info@vsa9.com までお願いします。

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