Filed under: Defending our Oceans, Greenpeace Core Values | Tags: human rights, japan, Junichi, tokyo 2, Toru, Whaling
An update from Sarah Burton, Deputy Program Director currently in Aomori, Japan on the first day of the trial.
It was Valentine’s night, and sure there was candle-light but it wasn’t a cozy tete-a-tete. Far from it. There was a bitingly cold wind as we stood vigil holding candles which read “ Justice” while we stood by an ice-sculpture in a square in the Japanese town of Aomori on the eve of the start of the trial of Junichi and Toru.
Filed under: Greenpeace, Life at work | Tags: campaigns, japan, t-shirts, Whaling
A new exhibit in Aomori, Japan, gives a glimpse of Greenpeace history through one of our iconic communication tools: the t-shirt. Over the years, our campaigns have spawned many, many tees — from the funny to the shrill, the plain and functional to the artistic.
They have been used as action tools, as when activists aboard the Greenpeace ship Sirius were being escorted out of the Soviet Union, and in front of whirring cameras revealed the message “Stop Nuclear Testing” in Russian on the t-shirts beneath their sweatshirts. Or when activists in the high-security zone around a Star Wars missile test wore “Don’t Shoot” tees — messaging both the missile masters and the gun-toting guards.
Filed under: Defending our Oceans, Life at work | Tags: japan, Tokyo2, whales, Whaling
From Making Waves
The so-called “scientific” whaling fleet has now returned to port from the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary for what we hope will be the last time, and it is almost one year since Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki exposed the embezzlement of whale meat by the fleet’s crew.
Junichi and Toru are still on trial for their efforts to expose this crime, however, recently their bail conditions were relaxed slightly, enabling them to come back to work – just not with each other.
Filed under: Defending our Oceans, Greenpeace | Tags: japan, Tokyo Two, Whaling
From Making Waves
After nine months of disconnection from their colleagues and workplace, Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki walked back into the Greenpeace Japan office last week like long-missed adventurers finally home.
Filed under: Defending our Oceans | Tags: human rights, japan, tokyo 2, whales, Whaling
For all the Tokyo Two fans – this is a recent picture of Junichi of the Tokyo Two holding up a censored whaling document released by the Japanese government. As you can see, he’s looking well, and is in this photograph showing off the extent of the censorship by by Japan’s government in its desperation to cover up the whale meat scandal. The document is apparently a sales report of minke whale from the Japanese government’s whaling programme in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. You’d wonder what they’ve got to hide, eh? Continue reading