Interfaith Prayers on the 3rd Anniversary of the East Japan Great Earthquake

March 8, 2014

Ishinomaki, Japan - Faith leaders representing various creeds offered ritual prayers at a cemetery on March 7, 2014, for those who died as a result of the tsunami and its cause, the East Japan Great Earthquake of March 11, 2011.


Diplomats in Tokyo Look Forward to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

March 6, 2014

Tokyo, Japan - UPF-Japan organized its 20th Peace Diplomats Forum in Tokyo on the theme of "Sport and Diplomacy: Towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games" on March 6, 2014.


Tokyo Forum on Peace in the Middle East through Harmony among Religions

February 21, 2014

Tokyo, Japan - “Towards peace in the Middle East through harmonizing and cooperation among religions” was a topic of the Feb. 21, 2014 assembly of Ambassadors of Peace in Tokyo, organized by the UPF Japan with some 50 Ambassadors for Peace and young people attending.


Day of Peace Observed in Japan

September 15, 2013

Kanagawa, Japan - In commemoration of the UN International Day of Peace, a cleanup project organized by UPF-Japan and YFWP-Japan (Youth Federation for World Peace) in cooperation with the Kanagawa Coastal Environmental Foundation was held at Wada-Nahama beach on the Miura Peninsula of Kanagawa Prefecture on September 15. This was the seventh year of environmental projects.


Ambassadors for Peace in Japan Consider a Peace Vision for Northeast Asia

June 1, 2013

Tokyo, Japan - Banquets for Ambassadors for Peace in commemoration of the new UN Global Day of Parents took place in three cities of Japan. The theme was "Asia, the Pacific Era and the Peace Vision - A Proposal to Japan."


Day of Families Observed in Tokyo

April 29, 2013

Tokyo, Japan - In commemoration of the United Nations’ International Day of Families, families participated in a volunteer clean-up program organized on April 29 organized by UPF-Japan and the Ambassadors for Peace South Tokyo Council.


Togolese Music and Dance Uplift Spirits in a Devastated Area of Japan

April 28, 2013

Sendai, Japan - In order to revitalize the Tohoku Region in Japan, the worst-affected area of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and also to celebrate the Independence Day of Togo, a music concert was held on April 28 in Sendai city of the Miyagi prefecture, one of the central cities of the Tohoku Region.


Diplomats Forum on Peacebuilding through Cultural Activities

March 26, 2013

Tokyo, Japan - "Arts and culture are potent ingredients in conflict prevention and resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding," emphasized Dr. Akiko Fukushima at the Peace Diplomats Forum in Tokyo on March 26, 2013.


Y. Yamaguchi: Address to World Summit 2013

February 24, 2013

Commentary on Nation-building and International Engagement


T. Endo: Address to World Summit 2013

February 23, 2013

Commentary on Peace, Security and Development: How to Deal with a Nuclear North Korea?


Offering Interfaith Prayers during Interfaith Harmony Week in Japan

February 2, 2013

Tokyo, Japan - Around the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, the Japanese Archipelago was the setting of prayers for the victims, who number 20,000, including the missing, as well as for reconstruction from the devastation. UPF-Japan organized two such events, on January 24 and February 2.


International Family Ties Promoted in Taiwan

October 14, 2012

Taipei, Taiwan - Right after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, well over a hundred nations offered their support to the devastated areas and their people, but Taiwan’s was outstanding with its immediate dispatch of rescue teams and donation of about 20 billion yen. As an expression of gratitude, 20 Japanese Ambassadors for Peace traveled to Taiwan on October 11 to build personal connections with their counterparts.


Families Commemorate the Day of Peace in Tokyo

September 22, 2012

Tokyo, Japan - A Peace Family Volunteer program on Sept. 22, 2012 demonstrated that family ties and the familial culture in an extended society are the keys for sustainable peace.


T. Endo: What Should We Learn from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident?

July 18, 2012

Owing to the latest accident, people’s good faith in nuclear energy has been greatly reduced while trust in the public authorities and the electric companies has fallen to a rock-bottom low. It will not be easy to recover the lost credibility, requiring a long time and sincere efforts including transparency which is a very vital element. In a democratic nation, nuclear energy cannot be sustained without popular trust and support. At the same time, people should deal with matters related to energy and atomic power in more reasonable and cool-headed fashion.


Japan Diplomats Discuss Nuclear Power Plants

July 18, 2012

Tokyo, Japan - A year and a half since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, a member of the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident addressed Japan's Peace Diplomats Forum on July 18, 2012.


Japan for Africa Showcased on Africa Day

May 27, 2012

Tokyo, Japan - To the tune of Africa’s vibrant rhythms and melodies, about 100 people, more young ones than their seniors, danced around in Tokyo’s African restaurant on May 27. Commemorating Africa Day, UPF-Japan and a non-government organization Team Africa for Peace & Prosperity co-organized an event ‘Amazing Africa – Multi-cultural Experiences.’


Day of Families Observed in Tokyo

May 19, 2012

Tokyo, Japan - International couples, multi-cultural families, and Ambassadors for Peace gathered to celebrate the International Day of Families in Tokyo on May 19. Organized by UPF-Japan, the event also commemorated the first anniversary of the foundation of the committee to promote a “Citizens' Movement for Building Human Capacity, Family and Nation,” a grassroots movement initiated by Ambassadors for Peace.


Diplomats in Tokyo Address Democratization Linked with Violence

March 15, 2012

Tokyo, Japan - “The international community should more directly face the dilemma between democratization and violence in the post-Arab Spring,” a former Japanese Ambassador to the Vatican said at a Peace Diplomats Forum on March 15, 2012 in Tokyo.


T. Miyatsuka: Some Truths about North Korea and Recent Relations with Japan

January 24, 2012

Presentation to the International Leadership Conference in Seoul, Korea, January 2012

There has been hardly any trade and very limited human contact between Japan and North Korea after the 2009 nuclear test by Pyongyang.


Interfaith Harmony Week Commemorated in Tokyo

January 18, 2012

Tokyo, Japan - A commemoration of the United Nations annual World Interfaith Harmony Week was hosted by UPF-Japan on January 18 in Tokyo as the opening program of an Ambassadors for Peace Council Meeting.