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Mothersf Conference calls for Constitution to be defended


   The 58th Japan Mothersf Conference was held on August 25 and 26 in Tokyo, calling for mothersf solidarity and cooperation to defend the Constitution and to secure a peaceful future for children.


   On the first day of the conference, about 4,000 people took part in the gDefend the Constitution! Mothersf Mass Marchh event.


   Participants from Okinawa in traditional local happi-coats marched playing small drums. A 46-year-old mother with her 6-year-old daughter said, gThe Self-Defense Forcesf aircraft roar above our heads every morning. Such conditions must not be expanded to other parts of Japan.h


   On the second day, about 5,500 people had discussions in four different workshops on gchildren and educationh, gwomenfs rightsh, gtax and social insuranceh, and gpeace and democracyh.


   At the workshop on gwomenfs rights,h Kobe College Professor Ishikawa Yasuhiro gave a speech titled gPrime Minister Abefs eBeautiful Japanf scheme and womenh and criticized pro-Yasukuni forces for showing animosity toward the effort to abolish discrimination against women.


   A woman from Niigata Prefecture with her 6-year-old and 11-year-old daughters attended a workshop on gpeace and democracy.h She said, gI was heartened by poet Arthur Binardfs words: eThe Constitution is like muscle.fh She said, gHe made me realize that the Constitution would mean nothing if we do not use it.h                                 - Akahata, August 26 & 27, 2007


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