GN’s 23rd Annual Conference

July 29 - Aug 2, 2015

Kyoto, Japan

International Seminar on Space and Peace

From: Professor Atsushi Fujioka, Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto
and Global Network Board of Directors member
on behalf of the Organizing Committee
E-mail: fujioka@ec.ritsumei.ac.jp

(See also:
Report from Okinawa Study Group Tour;
Report from GN activity in Japan;
Report from South Korea & Jeju Island;
A Message from Asia Pacific;
Navy Jets Trying to Kill Gangjeong Village)
 


Photo taken during the 2014 Keep Space for Peace Week event in Kyogamisaki, Northern Kyoto as people protested plans for deployment of US X-band radar there in 2014.

John F. Kennedy gave a speech at Rice University, Austin Texas in September 12, 1962, warning that man was facing the watershed to “decide if this new ocean of space will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war.” Even though his daughter Caroline is US Ambassador to Japan, we are now facing a more terrifying version of such a watershed.

Controlling drones - the US is carrying out a new mode of “war from space - Space Based Network Centric Warfare”. In order to defend military satellite constellations, the US has developed new hardened satellites which can survive even in a nuclear space war.

Following the US model, the Abe Administration of Japan is now drafting a new version of a “Principal Plan of Space Policy”, proposing the hardening of the military satellites of Japan to survive under the harsh condition of space war.

Since 2013, in order to detect the launching of missiles from North Korea or China, the US has installed an X-band radar base at Kyougamisaki, Kyoto Prefecture, located on a beautiful seashore and is a part of precious geo-park. Suppressing the concern of majority people of affected communities, the base was activated on 26 December 2014.

Since 1992, the Global Network Against Weapon and Nuclear Power in Space has held an annual conference in various “hot spots” of the Militarization of Space. It is our honor to be able to hold the 23rd conference in the historical capital city of Kyoto. Kyoto had been the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years and is 300 miles west of the disaster at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.

The Kyoto Conference will conclude just four days before of the 70th Anniversary Day of first US atomic bombing over Hiroshima - which is 150 miles west of Kyoto.

Please come to the marvellous city of Kyoto, and let’s share the truth of Space Warfare and find a way to implement a genuine peace on earth.

The easiest/cheapest way to get to Kyoto, Japan is to arrive via Kansai International Airport or Osaka/Itami Airport.

Conference Program (tentative)
(also available here as PDF file)

Venue (lodging): Kyoto Utano Youth Hostel (YH), Nakayamacho 29, Ukyouku, Kyoto City , Japan http://yh-kyoto.or.jp/utano/index.html
 
Venue (conference): Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/mng/er/wp-museum/english/index.html
 
 
Wednesday, July 29

 17:00 19:00

Registration at Kyoto Utano Youth Hostel (YH)

18:00 - 20:00 Supper and welcome party at Utano YH
20:30 Welcome Party at Utano YH
 

Thursday, July 30

7:00 Breakfast at Utano YH
9:00

Visit to Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University by bus.

12:00 Lunch in Co-Op Dining Room. Doshisha Univ.
 
13:00 - 17:00 Kyoto Seminar 1:
"Missile Defense" and its evaluation, followed by local reports from Korea, Okinawa, Kyougamisaki and other parts of the world.

Venue: Doshisha University, Kyoto, located just north of the Old Imperial  Palace of Kyoto
 

19:00 Supper at Utano YH
20:10 Meeting at Utano YH
   

Friday, July 31

7:00

Breakfast at Utano YH

8:30

Bus tour to X-band Radar Kyoto Base of U.S. Army at Kyogamisaki, Northern part of Kyoto Prefecture, discussion with local people of the affected communities.

19:00

Supper at Otano YH

20:30

Meeting. Music. Video

 

 
Saturday, August 1

7:00

Breakfast at Utano YH
 

9:30 - 12:50

Kyoto Seminar 2:
Local Report from various places

Venue: Ritsumeikan University
 

14:00 - 17:20

Kyoto Seminar 3:
Let’s connect everything - Imagine a nuclear space war, the blast from a nuclear power plant, global warming, and economic degradation. Search for alternative paths to nuclear disarmament and the elimination of military bases, by creating a happier future for all life sharing this beautiful planet of Earth.

Venue: Room 210, Keigaku-kan atRitsumeikan University
 

19:00

Supper at Otano YH

20:00

Farewell Party at Utano YH
   
Sunday, August 2

7:00

Breakfast at Utano YH

9:30 - 12:00

Business Meeting of Global Network at Utano YH
   
Call for Papers We invite oral presentations at the Conference. If you would like to give a presentation, please inform us by May 1, 2015 using the Registration Form, and submit your abstract by May 31, 2015. The abstract should be within 600 words in English and in Microsoft Word file format.

You may attach reference materials to your abstract, but only the abstract will be translated into Japanese in the proceedings, so we ask you to make your reference materials as graphic as possible.

Your full paper should be submitted to us by June 30, 2015.
 

Registration All friends planning to attend the conference are requested to register by completing the Registration Form and sending it attached to an email to the Conference Secretariat (s.a.p.kyoto@gmil.com)
 
Registration Fee $50-$100: friends from developing countries
$100-$200: friends from advanced countries

Registration Fee covers conference materials, Kyougamisaki tour, interpretation service, accommodation including breakfasts from July 30 to August 2, and dinners from July 29 to August 1 at Utano YH.
 

Payment Procedures All participants are requested to pay at the registration desk on-site.
Note that credit cards will not be accepted at the registration desk, so please pay registration fee in cash: US dollars.
 
Cancellation All cancellations must be informed by email to the Conference Secretariat by July 15, 2015.
 

More information available here as PDF file
 


Various Optional Tours and Accompanying Interesting Events

July 26 –July 29

Okinawa Tour, including construction site of US Marine Base Heneko
 

Aug 2 –Aug 9

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Tour, attending World Conference against A&H bomb, held by Gensuikyo, as well as 70th anniversary Ceremony of 1st and 2nd atomic bombing.

If you are interested in any of these extra tour plans, contact the Organizing Committee. We are happy to serve you as an agent. You will probably be requested to pay the cost - each plan is estimated to be around $400-500 US - but we can let you know If financial assistance plan is available.

Dead line of Plenary Booking: May 1 , 2015
Dead line of Final Booking: June 30, 2015



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