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Trial for the Tokyo Two begins by Chuck Baclagon
February 15, 2010, 6:07 am
Filed under: Defending our Oceans, Greenpeace Core Values | Tags: , , , , ,

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.

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TODAY: Conditions “harsh and disproportionate” for red-carpet activists and Sea Shepherd bat-mobile sunk by whalers by Chuck Baclagon

Coverage in Spain and European free dailies continued yesterday on the campaign to release the four red-carpet activists in Copenhagen. Spanish news documented the condition of Juan Lopez de Uralde in prison as “thinner than usual”, with a quote from Kumi Naidoo referring to conditions as “harsh and disproportionate”. Reports described a cell with only a mattress and security camera.

GP’s Mario Rodriguez is quoted saying “surprisingly our colleagues are being treated as common criminals. We see disproportionate measures being carried out with them and believe they are a punishment to the civil society striving for a better world. We know that the government is acting, but we ask for higher intensity. And we are asking citizens to continue to mobilize for all the activists to be released immediately.”

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Greenpeace t-shirts: a retrospective in a whaling town by Chuck Baclagon
June 10, 2009, 6:04 am
Filed under: Greenpeace, Life at work | Tags: , , ,
Mai Suzuki of Greenpeace Japan and Fanny Lee of Greenpeace China at exhibition of Greenpeace t-shirts in Aomori, Japan, where two Greenpeace activists are on trial.

Mai Suzuki of Greenpeace Japan and Fanny Lee of Greenpeace China at exhibition of Greenpeace t-shirts in Aomori, Japan, where two Greenpeace activists are on trial.

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.
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Toru is back at work by Chuck Baclagon
April 16, 2009, 11:10 am
Filed under: Defending our Oceans, Life at work | Tags: , , ,

Toru Suzuki is one of our activists in Japan, now facing a maximum of 10 years in prison for exposing a crime at the heart of Japan's whaling industry.

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.

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Junichi is back at work by Chuck Baclagon
April 10, 2009, 7:00 am
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Junichi Sato is one of our oceans campaigners in Japan, now facing a maximum of 10 years in prison for exposing a crime at the heart of Japans whaling industry.

Junichi Sato is one of our oceans campaigners in Japan, now facing a maximum of 10 years in prison for exposing a crime at the heart of Japan's whaling industry.

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.

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The Tokyo Two: Watchdogs of Democracy by Chuck Baclagon
March 23, 2009, 4:00 am
Filed under: Defending our Oceans | Tags: , , , ,

From Making Waves

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



Greening the Titanic by Chuck Baclagon

Elle magazine announces that eco-friendly fashions are hip and features Stella McCartney vegan, silk dress sandals at $495, which would work well on a date in the $100,000 Tesla electric sports car. “In this epoch of global warming,” declares Green Guide online fashion consultant Anne Wallace, “fall fashion rules are undergoing climate change: it’s OK to wear knee-high faux fur boots with a light cotton skirt and wool sweater.” Vogue magazine advises, “prepare for erratic weather by putting warmer wraps over something skimpy.” Like your awareness of the issues?

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