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Thursday, October 30, 2014, 15:00 - 16:00

Collateral Damage: Agent Orange, Military Contamination and Okinawa
Daniel Broudy
Conference Chair, "Agent Orange and the Politics of Poisons"
Masami Kawamura
Director, Citizens' Network for Biological Diversity in Okinawa
Jon Mitchell
Author of "Chasing Agent Orange on Okinawa"
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English

 This summer, tests on dozens of barrels unearthed on former military land on Okinawa revealed traces of Agent Orange, the Vietnam War defoliant which has sickened millions in Southeast Asia.

 The discovery adds Agent Orange to a long list of poisons stockpiled by the Pentagon on Okinawa, including nerve gas, mustard gas, arsenic and depleted uranium. These chemicals have contaminated the island’s land, sea, air, and sickened Americans and Okinawans. More than 250 U.S. veterans claim they are ill from exposure to Agent Orange on the island.

 Under the current Status of Armed Forces Agreement, the U.S. is not liable for the clean-up costs of land it contaminated. Nor is it obligated to permit Japanese officials access to its bases to conduct pollution studies. Such a stance has angered residents living around U.S. bases. In the coming years, with more military land slated for return to civilian control (including Marine Corps Air Station Futenma), the problem looks set to obstruct Okinawa’s chances of becoming a prosperous prefecture.

 Against this backdrop, Okinawa’s first international symposium focused on military contamination - “Agent Orange and the Politics of Poisons” - will be held at Okinawa Christian University on November 1st and 2nd.

 On the eve of this symposium, the FCCJ will hold a press conference featuring three of the symposium’s key participants -- Dr Daniel Broudy, chair of the symposium’s organizing committee; Jon Mitchell, author of newly-published Tsuiseki: Okinawa to Karehazai (Chasing Agent Orange on Okinawa); and Dr Masami Kawamura, director of NGO Citizens' Network for Biodiversity in Okinawa. 

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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Jon Mitchell                            Daniel Broudy                     Masami Kawamura

 

 

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