Sunday, September 21, 2008

Peace Week in Kunitachi: Peace Not War Japan


For all my readers living near Tokyo, I hope you will be able to attend this big four day peace music event in Kunitachi!

More music, more peace! More singing, less shooting!

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4-Day Peace Concert Series@Chikyuya Live House - Kunitachi, Tokyo

Come out and enjoy some fantastic music while also supporting artists and organizations who are working for peace!

Dates: September 25th-28th

Times: 8PM nightly (Doors open at 7:30 PM)

※ Please be aware that time schedule may vary slightly.

☆ Fee: 2000 yen/night (includes donation to grassroots peace groups)

☆Concert schedule:

September 25th (Thursday) 

☆ Remarks from Peace Not War Japan (8 PM)

Arakajime Kimerareta Koibitotachi e (8:15 PM ~ )
※ An electronica/dub solo unit comprising Ikenaga Shouji, AKK (in Japanese, "Pre-determined lovers") can be found around town featuring lyrical-style pieces, remixing, cinematography, and other unique onstage techniques. (Japanese only) (J/E)


※ A reggae singer who hails straight from Kunitachi, Likkle Mai appeared on PNWJ's charity CD as the lead singer of the group Dry and Heavy. Don't miss this chance to catch her live and backed by her current full band! (Japanese only) (J/E)

September 26th (Friday)

☆ Remarks from Peace Not War Japan (8 PM)

Ben Kemp & Uminari (8:30 PM ~ )
※ An organic fusion band featuring vocals, guitar, electric flute, cajón and fretless bass, the group features Ben's Polynesian inspired ethereal voice and poetic lyrics combined with Uminari's Japanese-inspired arrangements. The overall effect is a soulful, acoustic sound that is both soothing and haunting. (J) (E)

Ishikawa Michihisa Session (9:30 PM ~ )
※ A jazzy unit featuring Ishikawa Michihisa from the well-respectedgroup Ska Flames, this collection of artists will intrigue fans of early reggae, ska, and rocksteady.

Jintaramuta (10:30 PM ~ )
※ A fusion unit blending chindon and jinta (Japanese traveling street protest music from the Meiji era) together with elements of modern jazz, Jintaramuta is a spinoff unit from the internationally acclaimed group Cicala-Mvta fronted by multi-instrumental artist Ohkuma Wataru, together with other talented musicians. A must-see! (J) (E)


Takada Akiko (10:30 PM ~ )
※ One of Japan's most foremost belly dancers, Takada Akiko will appear together onstage with Jintaramuta. (Japanese only)

September 27th (Saturday)

☆ Remarks from Peace Not War Japan (8 PM)

Choukarou Baraku 7 (8:15 PM ~ )
※ A popular rakugo (traditional storytelling) artist whose roots in the trade may be traced back seven generations to the Edo era. Will appear together with his disciple, female rakugo artist Choukarou Miraku. (Japanese only)

Kotobuki (9:45 PM ~ )

※ An energetic duo whose gorgeous piece "Shalom, Sala'am" appeared on the PNWJ CD, Kotobuki has been performing Ryukyu-inspired music and other acoustic pieces at live houses and peace events around the country for more than 20 years. (Japanese only)

September 28th (Sunday)

☆ Remarks from Peace Not War Japan (8 PM)

YOSHIE (8:20 PM ~ )
※ Dynamic belly dancer who regularly shares the stage with numerous artists in a variety of genres.

Ailie (8:40 PM ~ )
※ Accomplished reggae/Japanese roots with an inspiring message of love and natural living. (Japanese only) (J/E)

Philip Woo Band (9:40 PM ~ )
※ Multi-genre unit with hints of funk, soul, jazz and rock fronted by Philip Woo, a pianist, multi-keyboardist, bandleader, producer and composer who hails from New York City and is now based in Tokyo. (Japanese only)

☆ Nigayomogi (10:30 PM ~ )

※ Reggae band led by Kunitachi-based soulful vocalist Nakahara Chuu.

☆A portion of funds raised during the performances will be donated to the following grassroots peace organizations:

Collateral Repair Project
International group working to help Iraqi refugees

Kunitachi Peace Week
Yearly event bringing all sorts of peace events to the streets of Kunitachi! (Japanese only)

Stop Rokkasho
Citizens working to oppose the Aomori nuclear fuel reprocessing plant

Yanbaru Takae: Association to Protect the Broccoli Forest
Local movement to stop U.S. military construction in Okinawa's Yanbaru region (J) (E)

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☆ Map to venue: (Japanese only)

☆ Artist CDs and other goods will be for sale each night.
☆ Please refrain from smoking inside.

Event organizer: Peace Not War Japan
Thank you in advance for your support! Please tell your friends!

The Truth Can Move Us Forward - 911 War Crimes Tribunal Proposed

Wow, Kucinich is truly my hero. This really needed to happen in the US and I am so happy he keeps speaking and pointing out the most pressing issues for US and the world. What an inspiration to us all he is!

Thanks, Dennis. Thanks, Alfred, founder of Exopolitics, for sending this post to me. Alfred also published this article in his Peace In Space blog which can be seen by clicking here.

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This article first appeared in The Nation.

The Truth Can Move Us Forward

America must move from the errant, retributive justice of 9/11 to a healing, restorative process of truth and reconciliation.

Before the Congress adjourns, I will bring forth a new proposal for the establishment of a National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation, which will have the power to compel testimony and gather official documents to reveal to the American people not only the underlying deception which has divided us, but in that process of truth seeking set our nation on a path of reconciliation.

We suffer in our remembrance of 9/11, because of the terrible loss of innocent lives on that grim day. We also suffer because 9/11 was seized as an opportunity to run a political agenda, which has set America on a course of the destruction of another nation and the destruction of our own Constitution. And we have become less secure as a result of the warped practice of pursing peace through the exercise of pre-emptive military strength.

It is not simply 9/11 that needs to be remembered. We also need to remember the politicization of 9/11 and the polarizing narrative which followed, locking us into endless conflict, a war on terror which has wrought further terror worldwide and which has severely damaged our standing worldwide as an honorable, compassionate nation. As we were all victims of 9/11, so we have become victims of the interpretation of 9/11.

Our government's external response to 9/11 was to attack a nation which did not attack us. Indeed on the first anniversary of 9/11, the Bush Administration issued a well-publicized stern warning to Iraq, which was part of a campaign to induce people to believe Iraq had something to do with 9/11.

The deliberate, systematic connection of Iraq with 9/11 has led America into a philosophical and moral cul-de-sac as over one million Iraqis and over 4,155 US soldiers have died in a war that will cost over $3 trillion. Additionally, soldiers from twenty-three other countries have died in the Iraq war.

We attempt to unite Iraq by further dividing it. We talk about restoring Iraq while taking steps to place control of its vast oil wealth in the hands of US oil giants. And we intend to impose upon the Iraqi people the cost of rebuilding a country our government ruined, keeping a once-prosperous nation lashed to debt and poverty for a long, long time. Iraq has paid for 9/11. We all continue to pay for 9/11.

The heartbreaking loss of the lives and injuries to America troops further binds us to the Administration's illogic of the Iraq War: We remember our troops' sacrifice by demanding more sacrifice; we support our troops by continuing the war.

The dominant color of our new national security since 911 is neither red, white nor blue. Every day is orange. Every day, reminders of fear of 9/11 become banal. Yet we no longer hear the airport announcements nor see the orange-colored warnings because they have commonplace standards in our new national security state, as is the Patriot Act, wiretapping, and a host of invasions of privacy and diminution of civil liberties. The Constitution has been roundly attacked by the very people who took an oath to defend it.

There is a powerful desire across America for change, not necessarily from control by one political party to another, but a change from living with lies to living with truth.

Over two dozen nations, facing peril within and without, deeply divided by politics and war have travelled down a path of restoring civil society through a formal process of reconciliation. At some point within each of those countries it was understood that the way forward is shown through the light of truth. This process is not without pain because it requires a willingness to study evidence from which eyes had been averted and ears had been closed. But in the process of truth and reconciliation, nations found new strength, new resolve, and new commitment.

The South African Truth and Reconciliation enabled that nation to come to grips with its past through a public confessional, bringing forward those who committed crimes and having the power to grant amnesty for full disclosure of crimes against the people. Of course, our path may necessarily be different: High US government officials stand accused in impeachment petitions of violating national and international law. Our continued existence as a democracy may depend upon how thoroughly we seek the truth. I will call upon the America people to join me in supporting this effort.

The truth can move us forward, as a unified whole, so that we can one day become a re-United States. 9/11 is the day the world changed. It is the day America embraced a metaphor of war. If we are open to truth and reconciliation, we may one day be able, once again, to embrace peace.

About Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich
At age 31, Dennis Kucinch was elected mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, making him the youngest-ever elected leader of a major American city. Since 1997, he has represented Ohio's 10th District in Congress, and he is currently the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus. He ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sept 11th, the day the world woke up!

Updated GIF Check out the PressTV video news story below.

Today here in Tokyo Japan, Benjamin Fulford, Yukihisa Fujita and myself took part in a 911 Truth Event on this seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11th, 2001. We had a full house with over 200 people attending!

Mr. Fujita speaking on the question of if Japanese politics is manipulated by the US Government.

As Benjamin mentioned during his talk today, as terrible as the events of Sept. 11th were, in reality, they were needed to wake the world up from the dangerous slumber it was in. Prior to 911, virtually no one was aware of the nefarious behind the scenes manipulation of local and global events for the benefit or corporations, the military and the wealthy elite.

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Benjamin Fulford who was the main organizer of the event

I myself began to realize something was not quite right with the official 911 story about three years after Sept. 11th, 2001. Since then I have continued my research and now know that Sept. 11th was just one of many, many events that were planned in advance in order to manipulate and control the fabric of society for the benefit of the elite and the businesses they control!

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A good crowd at the rear of the hall checking out the books and DVDs for sale

Sept 11th was used to manipulate us into believing that extremists from Afghanistan and Iraq were behind the attacks in New York and the only way to stop them from doing the same again was to invade, attack and control their countries. In the years that have passed since the war started over 4,000 US soldiers have been killed, with some 30,000 wounded. As for the Iraqi's, some estimates put their death toll at over a million...

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View of the audience during the 10 minute break

We now know that Sept. 11th was not carried out by 19 terrorists wielding box cutters! How gullible we were to believe that they could defeat not once, but four times on the same day, the most sophisticated military and security forces in the world!

How gullible were we to believe that two steel towers that were built to handle hurricane force winds for months at a time could collapse in their own footprints in less than ten seconds, an hour or so after they were struck by the planes!

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Benjamin Fulford, Yukihisa Fujita and myself during the panel discussion

The fake war on terror continues today, physically and mentally maiming not only Iraqi's but US soldiers and their families too!

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Being interviewed by Press TV

The PressTV News Story

Enough is enough! We must now put the spotlight on 911 as many people still do not know the truth! I hope you will join me and my many friends around the world. We have been working hard to get the truth out about 911!

As the mainstream media is the voice of the military, the corporations and the the elite, it is up to us, to you and me, to become the voice of truth and peace! Each one of us must become the media. We need to tell everyone we know that 911 Was An Inside Job!

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Volunteers wearing our new '911 Truth' and '911 Was An Inside Job' T Shirts

On November 3rd, we will be holding our 2nd 911 Truth Conference in Japan. Please visit our website to learn more about what we have planned. If you are living in Japan don't miss it! If you know someone living in Japan, please make sure you tell them about it.

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