Peace Boat from Japan Arrives in Sydney - ICAN Forum

Today, the Peace Boat arrived into Sydney Harbour from Japan, bringing with it survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb, the Fukushima nuclear power station disaster and the British and Australian atomic tests on the APY Lands in South Australia.

A forum, organised by last year's Nobel Peace Prize winners, ICAN, was held at Redfern Community Centre, featuring stories of the survivors: from Fukushima, Kenichi Hasegawa and Hanako Hasegawa; from Nagasaki, Terumi Tanaka; and from second generation survivor of the atomic tests on APY Lands, Karina Lester.

Other speakers included Zachary Wone from the MUA and long-time anti-nuclear campaigner, Scott Ludlam. Also present was Peace Boat representative, Akira Kawasaki. The evening was hosted by Natalie Wasley.

Throughout the event, there were performances by artists 'Nhambaa Dalaay' from Gomeroi Country (NW NSW); 'Goshu Kariyushi kai' from Okinawa (Southern Japan); and Russell Smith (from the band, 'Brolga Boys').

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