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The 54th International Antiwar Assembly was held in Japan

The central meeting of the 54th International Antiwar Assembly was held in
Tokyo on August 7th, attended by 1,200 workers, students and citizens. Regional meetings were also held on the same day in Sapporo (Hokkaido Region), Kanazawa (Hokuriku Region), Nagoya (Tokai Region), Osaka (Kansai Region), Fukuoka (Kyushu Region) and Naha (Okinawa Prefecture), each attended by several hundred people. In an ardent, militant atmosphere, all the meetings were highly successful.

The Executive Committee for the Antiwar Assembly received 23 messages
of solidarity from overseas organizations and individuals (see the list below). They were printed with their Japanese translations attached and distributed to the participants, including those in regional assemblies. All of them were introduced, and greeted by fervent, sympathetic applause from the audience.
In the central meeting in Tokyo, the keynote speech was delivered by a
comrade from the Executive Committee. He pointed out that we are faced today with the increasing danger of a world war as confrontation is intensifying between the US/Japan and China/Russia. In order to eradicate this imminent crisis, he said, we must fight resolutely by overcoming
the degeneration of the leaderships of official opposition movements. He thus gave a clear direction to antiwar struggles.

He also referred to the latest struggle in Okinawa, where workers, students and residents have risen in protest against the forcible resumption by the Japanese govemment of the construction of US military helipads. They are still fighting at this moment, despite ruthless repression by the riot police (for this, see another report).

The Chairman of Zengakuren reported on the student delegation to Tahiti
that he headed. From June 29th to July 5th, Zengakuren students visited Tahiti in response to the invitation from a local organization that initiated events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first nuclear testing that French imperialism conducted in French Polynesia. They took part in demonstrations and fought hand in hand with Maohi people, who had been demanding apology and compensations for nuclear damages from
the French government and fighting to end the French colonial rule. ‘We emphasized to Maohi people that the working people must unite across borders to fïght against wars, poverty and colonial rule.’ ‘Let us spread our international antiwar struggle over the world!’ The Chairman’s speech evoked excitement and profound émotion among the participants.

Then, a worker delivers a speech from the labour front. The public worker
spoke about her activities in her trade union branch. Today, both the labour
aristocrats in Rengo and the bureaucratic leadership of Zenronren restrain trade unions from actively engage in antiwar struggles. In opposition to such oppression and degeneration of the existing leaderships, she organized various forms of antiwar activities together with her colleagues and fought to strengthen trade union oiganizations. She gave a vivid report on those efforts.
To finalize the meeting, all the participants shouted slogans and sang The
International. They pledged themselves to each other to fight more actively in their working places and campuses to liven up antiwar struggles.

August 12th 2016.

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