Group to award Nobel Peace Prize to war-renouncing Japanese continues to seek support

April 20, 2014

By ICHIRO YAMAMOTO/ Staff Writer

A group campaigning to award the Japanese people the Nobel Peace Prize for abiding by the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution isn't backing off its grassroots effort, now that it has secured an official nomination.

The Executive Committee for the Nobel Peace Prize for Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution participated in an Earth Day event at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo on April 19.

“In order to spread Article 9 to the world, our executive committee will continue to work until the Japanese people receive the Nobel Peace Prize,” said homemaker Naomi Takasu, 37, from Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, who has spearheaded the effort.

On April 9, her group received an e-mail from the Norwegian Nobel Committee that said the Japanese people had been officially nominated. The winner will be announced in October.

In a news conference after the Earth Day event, Takasu was asked if the Japanese people win the Nobel Peace Prize, "whom do you want to participate in the ceremony (to receive the prize)?”

She replied, “I want the prime minister (Shinzo Abe) to do so willingly as the representative of Japan.”

While rearing her two small children, Takasu has also been involved in activities to rescue refugees.

“I don’t want children to have distressing experiences in wars," she said. "That thought is shared throughout the world."

In May 2013, Takasu began a signature-collecting campaign on the Internet to have Article 9 awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She later was told by the Norwegian Nobel Committee that only people or organizations can be nominated and not constitutions.

Therefore, she changed the nominee from Article 9 to the Japanese people, who have abided by Article 9 and have not waged war in nearly 70 years.

“(Since the end of World War II,) many (Japanese) people have continued to say, ‘We must never wage war again.’ So I thought that all the Japanese people can be the recipient,” Takasu said.

By ICHIRO YAMAMOTO/ Staff Writer
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Naomi Takasu, center, asks people at an Earth Day event at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo on April 19 to become involved with a signature-collecting campaign to have the Japanese people awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. (Sayuri Ide)

Naomi Takasu, center, asks people at an Earth Day event at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo on April 19 to become involved with a signature-collecting campaign to have the Japanese people awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. (Sayuri Ide)

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  • Naomi Takasu, center, asks people at an Earth Day event at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo on April 19 to become involved with a signature-collecting campaign to have the Japanese people awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. (Sayuri Ide)

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