Press Release — July 19, 2019

JCI Leaders in Japan Honor Legacy of Hiroshima and Host Dialogue to Promote Peace in Yokohama

19 July 2019, Hiroshima, Japan — Members of JCI (Junior Chamber International) Hiroshima honored the government leaders of Hiroshima for their contributions to the Japanese peace philosophy and indispensable guidance toward everlasting world peace. Joining two days before the JCI Japan Summer Convention in Yokohama, JCI Hiroshima and JCI Secretary General Arrey Obenson, along with Mr. Hidehiko Yuzaki, the Governor of Hiroshima and Mr. Kazumi Matsui, the Mayor of Hiroshima hosted a peace ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Friday 19 July.

As a longtime symbol of the immense importance for peace, JCI Hiroshima recognizes their city’s resilience and used this opportunity to spread important messages of peace not only in Hiroshima, but around the world. A range of JCI and Hiroshima leaders, as well as guests from African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), the founding organization of Global Peace, Executive Director Vasu Gounden and General Manager of Corporate Affairs Hayden Allen, visited the Peace Memorial Park to pay their respects to victims of war and violence with a floral tribute and peace ceremony.

Attendees had the opportunity to listen and reflect on Hiroshima’s efforts toward creating a peaceful community. Through this ceremony, JCI Hiroshima hoped to convey the importance of peace and strong institutions while encouraging young people to be advocates for peace as community leaders, active citizens, and changemakers.

During the JCI Japan Summer Convention – a meeting of thousands of active citizens in Yokohama – JCI President Alexander Tio, Secretary General Arrey Obenson and Global Peace Executive Director Vasu Gounden connected with community members for an Inter-Generational Peace Dialogue. Inter-Generational Peace Dialogues, or IGDs, are a series of conversations that call upon all people to come together and take part in the advancement of global peace. JCI Japan has been integral in JCI’s Peace is Possible campaign and their participation in this event marked another important milestone for peace in Japan. The Inter-Generational Peace Dialgoue in Yokohama engaged both youth and senior leaders to discuss how Japan can continue leading the global progress on peace.

JCI founder, Henry Giessenbier Jr., hoped, “A message will come forth in the sometime of tomorrow that will stir the people toward the establishment of a permanent and everlasting world peace.” As an organization that believes peace is possible, JCI has been engaging with communities through a grassroots peace campaign in 2019: Act for Peace: The 2019 Peace is Possible World Tour. The hope is to bring attention to the importance of peace and advance Global Goal #16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by hosting grassroots-level peace events in 1000 communities around the world. Any JCI Local or National Organizations interested in hosting peace events like this one should visit the Peace is Possible website for more information:

About JCI: JCI is a nonprofit organization of young active citizens aged 18 to 40 whose purpose is providing development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change around the world, uniting all sectors of society to create sustainable impact. For more information visit:

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