English version of the “Article 9 Association” bulletin and news.
|[Updated September 10th ]|
Occupational A9A groups hold 3rd meeting
Occupational groups of the Article 9 Association held their 3rd exchange meeting on August 31, attended by 19 people from 13 groups. Komori Yoichi, secretary general of A9A, opened with the latest developments of Article 9 issues, focusing on the 4-item appeal released at the June 10th meeting. He stressed the need for A9A members to study the Constitution more deeply, amid growing movements to attempt revision. He also announced a Seminar on the Constitution to be held on November 25.
Each occupational group then reported on their latest activities.
1) Film Makers A9A
This group has sponsored several evening movie lectures. They also plan to hold a showing of the film Ants and Soldier on September 15th, and publish a collection of messages to mark the 2nd anniversary of the founding of the group.
2) Haiku Poets A9A
A new local chapter of this group was formed in July at Oita, a city in southwestern Japan. This group plans to sponsor a New Year’s gathering next January.
3) Mass Media A9A
The mass media are closely connected with the procedures bill for the national referendum to revise the Constitution. This group sponsored a Paris Fete commemorating Bastille Day (July 14th), attended by 280 people many of whom were women. The group plans to hold a meeting in October inviting writer Sawachi Hisae as lecturer, linking the concerns of its many women members with A9A issues.
This group held three Poets Gatherings: in Osaka in April, in Tokyo in June, and in Fukuoka in July. The three gatherings added to the number of supporters, doubling the number of supporters since its founding.
5) Prose Poets A9A
Prose poets A9A plans to sponsor a meeting of poets to talk about the Constitution on September 9th. The number of meeting attendees and the number of inquiries about membership has been on the increase.
6) Musicians A9A
This group sponsored a concert on June 9th as a pre-event for the June 10th gathering. About 130 people attended. It plans to hold more study meetings, gatherings and concerts in the future.
7) Women A9A
Women A9A sponsored two symposiums pairing related issues regarding (1)Articles 9 and 24, and (2) Articles 25 and 27. They have published a booklet summarizing their results. To date the group covers only 14 prefectures, but plans to spread around the country.
8) Fine Artists A9A
The number of supporters for this group stands presently at about 3,000. The group sponsored the Article 9 Art Exhibition after June 10th meeting which displayed works by 90 artists.
9) Architects A9A
There are 5,000 to 6,000 architects in Japan. This group has recently made 10,000 campaign emblems to help propagate A9A among architects and related fields. This group aims at making a big network by inviting them to join the group.
10) Scientists A9A
This group has been slow in promoting itself and sponsoring activities. It intends to accelerate its work through exchanges between A9A groups of colleges and institutions in Tokyo metropolitan area.
11) Persons of Faith A9A
This group sponsored its second symposium in Kyoto on May 27th, which was attended by about 300 people from around the country. After the symposium, the participants took to the streets in a parade. People from many religious faiths wore colorful costumes from their faiths or cultures, and looked spectacular chatting with passers-by about peace and the Constitution.
12) Sportspersons A9A
This group sponsored a study meeting inviting as guests a foreign scholar who is studying soccer in Germany during the era of Nazi rule, and a soccer expert who went to the World Cup Soccer tournament in Germany this year. It plans to hold another study meeting in September on sports during Japan’s wartime and invite an expert as a guest.