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WPF: Profile of Presenters at Article 9 Workshop

Akihiko Kimijima
(Nonviolent Peaceforce / Ritsumeikan University)

Professor Akihiko Kimijima is a member of the International Governance Council of Nonviolent Peaceforce, and Co-Chairperson of Nonviolent Peaceforce Japan. He lectures and researches in the fields of Constitutional law and peace studies at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.

Joseph Gerson (Director of Programs and Director of the Peace and Economic Security Program for American Friends Service Committee
Dr. Joseph Gerson works closely with Asian anti-nuclear, anti-bases and peace organizations and has played active roles in the World Conference against A- and H- Bombs held annually in Hiroshima and Nagasaki since 1984. He is currently completing a book titled Empire and the Bomb: How the United States Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World to be published by Pluto Press next year.

Luis Roberto Zamora Bolaños (Costa Rica University)
Mr. Roberto Zamora is a 25-year-old student of law. He won in a trial over the Costa Rican Government which supported the US war on Iraq for a violation of the Peace Constitution in 2004.

Cora Weiss (President of Hague Appeal for Peace)
Dr. Cora Weiss is President of The Hague Appeal for Peace; former national leader of Women Strike for Peace; and Director of the Committee of Liason with Families of Prisoners Detained in Vietnam, which organized the exchange of mail between families and POWs in Vietnam in the 1960s.

Satoko Norimatsu (Vancouver Save Article 9)
Satoko Norimatsu is a member of Vancouver Save Article 9. She teaches courses for cross-cultural understanding at the UBC Centre for Intercultural Communication. She has lived in Canada for 12 years.

Ikuya Nishikawa (National Confederation of Trade Union, Japan (Zenroren))
Starting as a primary schoolteacher in Tokyo, Ikuya Nishikawa has been active in the teachers union movement, and now is the vice president of National Confederation of Trade Unions (ZENROREN). He is currently on a steering committee of the Joint Struggle Center to Stop Adverse Revision of the Constitution, a national network of organizations promoting signature campaigns and dialogues among people to protect the constitution.

Akira Kawasaki (Peace Boat)
Mr. Akira Kawasaki is a member of the Executive Committee of Peace Boat, in charge of its peace education program Global University. He is a Coordinating Commitee member of Abolition 2000, and also serves as Northeast Asia Regional Secretariat of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).

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