By: Hisao Tanuma, Rieko Murakami Tanuma and Yasuko Nakamura
Hello friends. We are from Japan.
Five people come here for the International Peace Seminar. Three members belong
to a school for workers, named “Hongoh Culture Forum Workers School”（From
now on we call it “HOWS”）located in Tokyo. My name is Hisao
Tanuma, one of its members. We arrived in Havana,
in midnight on April 23rd. We joined the 14th May Day International Brigade
from April 24th to May 2nd and have come to attend this event.
Today, we are going to speak about
three things. The first is about our activities in Japan. The second is about
solidarity activities with Cuba,
and finally about the current political situation in the country.
Each member will speak now.
First, Ms. Yasuko Nakamura is going
My name is Yasuko Nakamura.
am a retiree but still a member of the Publishing Workers Union.
the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident which occurred eight years
ago because of the big earthquakes, I have been active in the movements against
nuclear power generation. It is because that the nuclear industry develops at
the cost of workers at the plants and residents, and I believe it must be
I will talk about our activities. In
HOWS school, participants learn about solidarity with workers all over the
world and transformation of the capitalist society, and join social movements
with a standpoint of working class.
Every March we celebrate the
International Women’s Day with campaigns of “anti-war, peace and women’s
emancipation”. At this year’s rally, we adopted the “Venezuela
Solidarity Emergency Resolution” against the US government’s action on
military intervention and counter-insurgency in Venezuela. For the event we
received messages of solidarity from five overseas friendship groups. We had a
message from Ambassador of the Republic
of Cuba in Japan, too.
We have an annual meeting early
November to commemorate the Great October Socialist Revolution in Russia.
Last year when marking the 101st anniversary, we had a theme, “What is
socialism? ―learning from experiences of Latin America.”
Our school is also engaged in
activities such as improving workers’ rights, and we fight against the
government-led constitutional reform, nuclear power generation and the US bases in Japan. In particular, we oppose
construction of a new US
military base in Henoko, Okinawa, which is now
in a serious phase. Even at this moment, the beautiful sea of Henoko
is being damaged by the reclamation work. We must stop the construction by any
Now Ms. Rieko･Murakami･Tanuma
gives her remarks.
I am Rieko･Murakami･Tanuma.
I had worked as a kindergarten teacher in a private kindergarten until ten
years ago. There are few labor unions in private kindergartens in Japan
(perhaps less than 0.1%). When I was 2４years old, I organized a labor union
with my colleagues in my workplace. I struggled to win the children’s right to
learn and women’s rights in the workplace.Currently, I work on movements for
Ｉtalk about solidarity activities with Cuba. We participated in “The 8th Cuba Solidarity and Asia-Pacific Regional Conference” held in Manila, the Philippines, in April 2017. (Manila Conference)
We had met Ambassador Carlos M.
Pereira in the Embassy of the Republic
of Cuba in Tokyo
before going to Manila. We
asked the ambassador “Guantanamo base and US
base in Okinawa are similar, right?” He
replied, “No. Cuba, as
a state, opposes existence of the base, but Japan, as the government, is in
favor of US bases.” As you know, US bases inflict damages on both Okinawa
However, attitudes of the Japanese and Cuban governments are completely
At the Manila Conference, we reported
on solidarity actions with the Cuban people in Japan.
1In May of the same year, we held a
lecture meeting in Tokyo to report on “Manila Conference”. We invited
Mr. Damian Delgado Vazquez, Secretary of the Embassy of Cuba. He screened a
news video of “Guantanamo Base” and talked about the US
base. He told also that Cuban people have suffered from the US blockade for more than 50 years
Last December, we invited Ms.
Patricia Flechilla, Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Japan
and she reported on “Women’s Policy of Cuba”, saying “women in
Cuba have taken part in the revolution and won many rights”.
Hisao Tanuma is speaking again. I worked for an oil company for 40 years. I joined the labor union, while working in the company. I struggled to improve working conditions and counterattacked discrimination against union members.
Lastly, I briefly report on the
political situation in Japan.
The seven-year-old Abe Bourgeois
dictatorship has enacted numerous evil anti-people laws. Despite misbehaviors
Prime Minister Abe stays on the top seat of the government: false statements,
information manipulation and document forgery by the cabinet members,
parliamentarians and bureaucrats have been disclosed one after another.
The Abe administration, neglecting
decisions that Okinawan people have shown in many elections, constructs
coarsely the base for US troops in Henoko and destroys Okinawa’s precious
The government has discontinued its
compensation policy to help victims and evacuees from radiation harm from the
accident in Fukushima
which happened in 2011, and promotes reactivation of power stations, ignoring
disagreement of the majority of people.
At this same time, in Japan,
commercial media are excited in praising Emperor as Prince Hirohito replaces
with Emperor Akihito.
Japan’s militarism, which placed Emperor on the top, slaughtered 21 million Asians and killed 3.1 million Japanese people in the Asia-Pacific War. Japan’s ruling elites maintain the Emperor system, which is a proof that they do not reconsider what happened in the modern and contemporary history. We are against the Emperor System.
We are encouraged by the struggles
of Cubans, Venezuelans and others around the world.
And we are
truly happy that we could take part in this international peace seminar in
Guantanamo. Returning home, we would like to share our experiences with as many
friends as possible. I have taken many photographs and filmed videos as
resources for this purpose.
Let’s fight for peace and people’s
Let’s fight against war.
We will not give up.
This concludes our speeches. Thank
you for your kind attention.