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Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee

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Duration: 1964-1995
Location: Tokyo, Osaka, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Matsudo, Chiba, Kobe, Kumamoto, and Sapporo, Japan


Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee (JAAC) was a federation of smaller regional groups that have sprung up in large metropolitan areas across the country including Tokyo, Osaka, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Matsudo, Chiba, Kobe, Kumamoto, and Sapporo. The larger JAAC Tokyo, was with approximately thirty active members. JAAC-Tokyo was founded by an active Africanist Kanjiro Noma, responding to ANC's request in Jan.1964. "Oppose South Africa's Discriminatory Policies," "Save South Africa's Political Prisoners," "Boycott South Africa's Products," "Don't Japan's Companies and Government Commit to the Apartheid policy" were slogans of JAAC movements in early days. Although its membership was not very big, JAAC's most significant role has been as a pressure group by coordinating progressive political parties and trade unions against the Japan's government and big business companies involved in Apartheid policy. And also JAAC had played an important role of making public opinions for anti-Apartheid, together with others citizens' groups involved in human rights, environmental issues and peace as well as churches and labor unions. (Further details, see Japan And Africa: Big Business and Diplomacy by Jun Morikawa, 1997, Hurst & Company, London [ISBN: 0865435774]. Source: Akira Kusuhara, chairperson of the JAAC-Tokyo.)