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Japanese Peace Boat to dock in Santiago de Cuba

Posted November 08, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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Cuban News Agency

The Japanese Peace Boat that travels the world on voyages of peace will dock in at Santiago de Cuba on November 15. Around 1,000 passengers on board will be getting a first hand look at Cuban reality.

During their stay in Santiago de Cuba, visitors will get to know Cuban society better through historical tours, dance lessons, baseball training and talking with locals.  This is the 16th stop of the Peace Boat in Cuba since its first voyage in 1983, despite the fact that their boat will not be able to call at any US port for three months following, as established by an extraterritorial law dictated by the US government.

The Peace Boat’s first voyage was organized by a group of Japanese university students as a creative response to government censorship regarding Japan’s past military aggression in the Asia-Pacific. They chartered a ship to visit neighboring countries with the aim of learning firsthand about the war from those who experienced it and initiating people-to-people exchange.

This is Peace Boat’s 59th Global Voyage for Peace with 21 stops scheduled at different ports around the world. It departed from Yokohama, Japan on September 23, 2007 and will return on January 10, 2008.

According to the Peace Boat website http://www.peaceboat.org, the 60th voyage will begin January 12, 2008 for 108 days. Spanning over 25 years and incorporating 60 Peace Voyages as of January, 2008, Peace Boat has traveled to more than 100 ports in more than 80 countries.

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