07/09/2008 - 09:30
07/09/2008 - 10:30
Date: July 9th
Organizer: G8 Action Network/Working Group on International People's Solidarity Days
Make the Hokkaido Summit the Last Summit of the G8!--Declaration of Participants in the International Solidarity Days of the G8
The G8 Summit opened in Hokkaido yesterday with the usual rhetoric of concern about conditions in Africa. These are statements that few people in Africa and the rest of the world take seriously, given how far the G8 governments are from raising the $20 billion they pledged for Africa at the Gleneagles Summit in 2005.
Indeed, if there is anything that distinguishes this particular G8 summit, it is its low credibility. In George Bush, Gordon Brown, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Yasuo Fukuda, we have a group of discredited leaders who are very unpopular with their own electorates. Moreover, in addition to their broken promises on Africa, the G8 have also failed miserably to deliver on their other pledges, notably, canceling the debt of the poor countries, raising aid levels to 0.7 per cent of the GDP of the G8 countries, promoting development through trade, and tackling climate change.
WATCH (Watch Human Rights on Summit)
WATCH offers an emergency hotline to help those who are having troubles to enter Japan with regard to the G8 Summit or highly possible to face such troubles, and those who are inviting such people to Japan.
The following telephone number should be valid till the end of July.
(+81) +80 3410 2780
If you pass this number to third parties, please make sure to circulate
* General information about domestic travel
* Map of Sapporo in English
* Info Point in Sapporo
06/29/2008 - 14:30
06/29/2008 - 17:00
◎Place: Kashiwagi Koen (2 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Nishiguchi station of Toei Oedo line, or 7 minutes on foot from Shinjuku station of JR lines)
The most recent program in Hokkaido by G8 Action Network is now available by PDF file. The program includes day by day schedule from 4th to 9th July in Sapporo and other places in Hokkaido. Also detail information of each events, workshops, camp, infopoint, map for venue and others including introduction of organizers are appeared. This program is bilingual(Japanese and English).
Tokyo Actions against the G8 summit
28-29 JUNE 2008
◇◆◇ Shut Down the G8 Summit ◇◆◇
The G8 summit will be held in Hokkaido, Japan. On 7-9th July, head of states from just eight of the world’s countries will gather together at Lake Toya. There they will make decisions on the future in the world, protected by the police and military. While the Japanese government welcomes the summit, many people who are dissatisfied with the decisions plan various actions against the summit.
The major powers of the G8 summit ignore justice, human rights, and social security. Instead, they push strongly for neoliberal policies which prioritize economic efficiency. These countries also strengthen military rule in the world under the guise of anti-terrorism. We oppose the summit, and organize actions against the summit in Tokyo to take place in the last weekend of June.
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate in actions with people who tackle with issues of poverty, labor, discrimination, war, violence, gender inequality, social exclusion, environmental destruction, abuse of human rights, food safety, agriculture, minority, and public order. Our aim is to spread our dissent to as many as possible people immediately before the G8 summit.
Urgent Statement: The Japanese government should immediately issue a visa to our comrade Trevor Ngwane
27th May, 2008
The fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) started on 28th May in Yokohama, Japan. People concerned about TICAD IV organized a rally and assembly on 25th May ahead of TICAD IV, where comrade Trevor Ngwane was expected to speak as a keynote speaker to point out problems of TICAD IV as well as neo-liberal African development. Comrade Trevor was absolutely necessary to our activities against the TICAD IV. He had struggled against the Apartheid in South Africa, and he as chairperson of the Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee struggles against the destructive results of on-going neo-liberal policies.
Unfortunately, comrade Trevor Ngwane could not visit Japan. Apparently, the Japanese government is intentionally hesitant about his entry, not saying Yes or No to it. It postponed the issuance of his visa, simply replying to us that it had not yet received official certificates of no crime with him. Consequently, our dear comrade from "Energetic Africa" often referred to as by the Japanese government couldn't join us. We were deprived of our chance to discuss with him to form solidarity with African people, while the government succeeded in shutting down different opinions or criticisms on TICAD IV.
"G8 Action Network Convergence-center / Camp Work Group"
We've determined the two camp sites!
The two sites are:
1) Toyoura-cho, Hokkaido - Toyoura Forest Park
Both camp venues are next to Toyako-cho, the town hosting the summit.
The camp will be held for four days during the summit:
July 6 (evening) ~ July 9
Please bring your own sleeping bag and tent.
African Unions Want Better G8 Accountability Over AIDS
The General Secretary of ITUC-AFRO, Kwasi Adu-Smankwah has echoed the call by the Global Union AIDS Programme (GUAP) for trade unions to deliver a message about HIV/AIDS to the Japanese Embassy of their country regarding the G8 meeting of the richest countries of the world next July in Japan.
- Network of Lawyers observing Human Rights around G8 Summit -
April 11, 2008
Yukihide Nakamura, Attorney at Law, Shizuoka
1. Situation around the G8 Summit
This year in July, the G8 Summit will be held at Lake Toya in Hokkaido.
28 April ICD will focus on G8 promises
The Global Union AIDS Programme (GUAP) has kicked off a campaign asking unions and governments throughout the world to contact Japanese Embassies to convince the G8 Summit next July to strengthen health care systems and create a better accountability over its promises on HIV/AIDS.
Stop G8! Solidarity March in the South and the North
The Japanese government will host some Ministerial meetings before the G8 summit in Toyako in July. As a part of the meetings, the G8 Development Ministerial Meeting is planned in Tokyo on 5-6 April. Those kinds of Meetings had been held around the same time as the IMF and the World Bank's annual meetings before 2002. This shows that the Meeting has been strongly influenced by major powers and big businesses.
"Need your help to prevent the inhuman act!!"
1. Call on Japanese government not to take the inhuman action that
2. Appeal to Germany Embassy in Japan to press Japanese government to
Here, we ask your help from the heart and it is time for us to get
CALL TO ACTION AGAINST THE G8
The G8 Summit will be held this year from July 7-9 in Toyako, Hokkaido, Japan. This will be a culmination of a series of ministerial preparation meeting beginning in March. The G8 Action Network, a network of various Japanese organizations and movements, is calling on all social movements, peasant organizations, women, migrants, urban and rural poor, fisherfolks
WHY MOBILIZE AGAINST THE G8?
The G8 nations account for just fourteen percent of the world’s population and yet decisions made at these summits dictate the course of the rest of the world. And now more than ever, the evidence is stark that decisions that these nations have made have brought nothing but worsening poverty, increasing insecurity, deepening indebtedness, militarization and wars and now they are pushing for market based solutions to climate change which threaten to endanger the future of the planet. The host of the summit, the Government of Japan, says that it will make this summit a summit on the climate. This is rank hypocrisy. The reality is that the government, under pressure from Japanese industry, is backing away from mandatory limits to
We can no longer let this continue. The time is now for all of us around the world to come together and join forces to make our voices heard and stop the G8 from doing any further damage to the world.
JOIN US IN THE INTERNATIONAL PREPARATORY MEETING
We will also begin preparations to challenge the G8 Summit beginning March.
This is our schedule:
If your organization is planning to attend the meeting, please email
WE NEED YOUR SOLIDARITY
As with all struggles, we can only be successful with the solidarity, support and involvement of movements and activists around the world in resisting this G8 Summit. We invite all of you who are with us in the struggle against trade liberalization, corporate globalization, war and militarism and false solutions to climate change and demanding for cancellation of all developing country debt to sign on to this call. We urge