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Protect Article 9
Kyu Chan International
School Peace Campaign

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Letter for Participating schools (Outside of Japan)


Protect Article 9
Kyu Chan International
School Peace Campaign

What is Kyu Chan?

Kyu Chan is a little flapping origami bird that was named after Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution by Charles Ward.

What is Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution?

Many Japanese people don't know how special Article 9 is. Article 9 is a very important law that prohibits Japan from resorting to violence to resolve conflicts.

Many Japanese people don't understand that Article 9 has not yet had a chance to prove that a nation can create peace without military force. The Japanese Government has not been so forthcoming towards its neighbors, and instead, has continued relationships with the USA and increased spending on its unconstitutional army, the Self Defense Forces.

Despite its short comings, Article 9 is a very important step towards world peace and the practice of peaceful resolution. Kindness, mutual understanding, mutual respect, universal responsibility need to follow Article 9 to create a peaceful world for our children to live in.

The bad news is that Article 9 is about to be changed and people all over the world are very concerned. But what can they do? This campaign aims to answer that question.

What are the project aims?

Involve school children from all over the world to reach out towards Japan, send a message of peace, a word of encouragement to people in the Protect Article 9 movement, to create friendship, and to move the heart of the nation.

Article 9 is one way to renounce war, abolish armies and weapons, improve international relationships and eventually reach world peace. But, if Japan loses Article 9, it will be very difficult for us to send a peaceful message, full of hope, to the entire world. We need your help. We need your voice.

What does it involve?

We would like to connect international schools to schools in Japan by sending a small gift made by the students. The gift is inexpensive, easy to make and great fun. There are learning opportunities with regards to history, politics, war and peace but also a chance to forgive Japan for past atrocities and move into a state of solidarity towards world peace.

What is the gift?

Kyu Chan is a simple flapping origami very different from the Crane and few people know about it. The Crane is a very popular symbol used to remember the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings and a hope for peace. Thousands of Cranes are folded each year and hung at memorials, churches and temples. Charlie felt that just folding origami and hoping for peace would not bring peace.

Kyu Chan is a gift, a way to reach another person and talk to them about Article 9... and, with the help of little hands, it can fly!

Please make 1000 Kyu Chan (or more or less) and send them to a school in Japan. Please don't tie them together or they will never fly. The gift should be distributed to all the children at the school so that they can take it with them and show their friends and parents. We would like your message of peace to reach the heart of the families not just the school principal. We hope it will also reach the national newspapers at home and abroad. Please teach school children in Japan how to make Kyu Chan, how to be kind, how to reach people through simple actions and create a bond with Japan and across the world.

The wold is getting smaller and smaller, the difference between us and you is gone, out of date.

We will be glad to assist any schools interested in participating. Please get in touch via email at this address exhibition1st@hotmail.com or visit our website for more information http;//www.ex1st.com

Finally we would kindly appreciate your cooperation in making this a world wide campaign. Please tell your local education board, your sister schools and other educational groups, teachers unions... etc about this project.

Translate, return and circulate this letter. http://www.ex1st.com exhibition1st@hotmail.com

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