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NO G8 Action Japan Delegation March 17th

In July 2008, heads of the states that monopolize two thirds of the earth's wealth will gather at Lake Toya in Hokkaido Japan. The so-called G8 is the embodiment of the global governance that has consistently driven neo-liberal reformation at the same time as spreading poverty, violence, hatred, segregation, and environmental destruction across the globe. We can no longer let it continue.
Portland State University
Smith Building RM 238
Monday March 17th
6 to 8pm

Sponsored by Students for Unity


About No! G8 Action Info-tour

In July 2008, heads of the states that monopolize two thirds of the earth's wealth will gather at Lake Toya in Hokkaido Japan. The so-called G8 is the embodiment of the global governance that has consistently driven neo-liberal reformation at the same time as spreading poverty, violence, hatred, segregation, and environmental destruction across the globe. We can no longer let it continue.

The Japan based network of anti-authoritarians and anarchists, No! G8 Action, was formed in May 2007, right before the G8 2007 in Rostock, where it learned from the European anti-G8 protest. Now it has begun to prepare its own projects, hoping to bring Japanese and East Asian impetus onto the stage of the global anti-capitalist struggle.

The info-tour is part of this effort. In collaboration with the German Dissent info-tour group, Japanese members have visited countries in the Asia-Pacific region such as South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Australia. Two members have toured three cities in North America: New York, Montreal, and Toronto. Within this coming few months the group will travel to major European cities and those in the Canadian/American Pacific Northwest.

The info-tour presentation deals a lot with the particular issues vis--vis Japan and East Asia, such as militarization, neo-liberal reforms, free trade, society of control, environment, and minorities such as resident Koreans, Chinese, foreign workers, and the Ainu People, but the common ground of struggling people world over are going to be discussed in the form of problematic interrelation. It lasts about one and a half hours, with time at the end for questions and answers. It employs a power point presentation and screening of related footage.

It consists of the following subjects:

1. General problems about the G8 (circa 20 minutes):

Analyses of what the G8 is, including the reason why it increasingly uses environmental slogans. We also show a few pieces of footage from past G8 protests.

2. Japan's status in the global governance (25 minutes):

It sheds light on the history of Japanese imperialism and its persistent ambition to control Asia by spreading neo-liberal policies and trade agreements. Today's highly commodified and controlled social space shall be scrutinized as well. We show a few segments showing the situations of contemporary Japanese lives.

3. About No! G8 Action and its coalition building (20 minutes):

This section is about the goal of No! G8 Action and its effort of coalition-building: G8 Action Network, which connects various types of radical groups and coordinates with certain NGOs for certain projects. It includes screening of contemporary Japanese street actions.

4. About cultural and intellectual projects (5 minutes):

We talk about the events aside from the protests: political and intellectual conferences as well as cultural events such as film festival and music concerts.

5. Action Plans (20 minutes):

This section focuses on the actions: their themes and the schedule.

6. Facilities for foreign visitors (10 minutes):

We talk about various facilities to be used by foreign visitors and gatherings of everybody who participates, in Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, and Lake Toya.

7. Japanese police behavior and Immigration situations (10 minutes):

We try to explain what we expect and what might happen on these subjects.

8. Call for action (5 minutes):

Statement from No! G8 Action to invite you to Lake Toya and international solidarity action.

9. G&A and public discussion (30 minutes)




For more information please contact:

Kaori + Go

Call: 81-3-5366-4797

 Ka-os@riseup.net

 go-hi@riseup.net

Related web-links:

NO! G8 Action:  

G8 Action Network:

Japan G8 Media Network:

Hokkaido G8 Summit Citizen Forum:

Japan G8 Summit NGO Forum:  http://www.g8ngoforum.org/english/

Indymedia Japan:

For signing up to Asian Anarchist Netowrk:

For signing up to anti-G8 International email list:

Basic info about Anti-G8 2008 Action:

Basic info about G8: