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What's Peace Depot ?

The Peace Depot is a non-profit, independent peace research, education and information institution which aims to build a security system that does not rely on military power. It was launched in November 1997, after a seven-year preparatory phase, and became incorporated as a Non-Profit Organization in January 2000 under the Japanese NPO Act.

Seven Aims
  • To become a think tank on peace issues to serve citizens and grassroots organizations, and to support peace education.
  • To promote activities in collaboration with NGOs around the world to change the prevailing view that peace is assured by military power.
  • To promote activities consistent with an understanding of the unique part that Japanese people may play to advance world peace, based on Japan's pacifist constitution, its experience of atomic bombings, and reflection with regret upon its aggressive wartime role.
  • To promote activities that emphasize accurate information based on primary sources and easy-to-understand analysis.
  • To promote disclosure to the public of information on defense and diplomacy.
  • To promote new cooperative relations between grassroots movements and specialist communities.
  • To increase the social value of peace NGOs in Japan by fully utilizing the Peace Depot's status of incorporation under the 1998 Act on NPO.

Major Programs

  1. Nuclear Disarmament
    Bi-weekly periodical: Nuclear Weapon & Nuclear Test Monitor (NWNTM)
    NWNTM, co-published by the Peace Depot and the Pacific Campaign for Security and Disarmament (PCDS), provides information about nuclear disarmament and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
    Year book: Nuclear Disarmament and Nuclear Weapon-Free Local Authorities
    This year book, published in July, introduces last year
    global development on nuclear disarmament using brief keywords, and includes practical suggestions for nuclear weapon-free local authorities.
  2. Regional Security in the Asia-Pacific
    Research on U.S. Forces Japan
    Publication of this research, based on both U.S. and Japan Freedom of Information Acts (FOIA), is forth-coming. Two books on this same subject were published during the Peace Depot's preparatory phase.
  3. Training NGO Activists and Researchers for Peace
    This includes sending youth activists/researchers to major international peace events and holding seminars and workshops.
  4. Emergency Projects
    The Peace Depot undertook emergency research projects including: "India-Pakistan Special Update"(1998) and "Special Update for Citizens and Local Authorities on the Legislation Regarding U.S.-Japan New Defense Guidelines"(1999).

Achievement to date

Books and Pamphlets

  • Japanese Translation of The Naked Nuclear Emperor - Debunking Nuclear Deterrence (by Robert GREEN) , Nov 2000
  • Japanese Translation of Fast Track to Zero Nuclear Weapons - The Middle Powers Initiative (by R. GREEN) , Jul 1999.
  • UMEBAYASHI Hiromichi, U.S. Forces Japan as Grasped by FOIA, Dec 1992. in Japanese
  • UMEBAYASHI H., U.S. Forces in Okinawa as Grasped by FOIA, Feb 1994. in Japanese


  • Nuclear Weapon & Nuclear Test Monitor (NWNTM) [Bi-weekly], since Jul 1995 in Japanese
  • Bound Volumes of NWNTMs in Japanese
  • Peace Depot Newsletter (twice yearly) in Japanese / English

Year Book

  • Nuclear Disarmament & Peace: For Citizens and Local Authorities 2005-2014 (in Japanese)
  • Nuclear Disarmament, Peace, Local Authorities 2004 (in Japanese)
  • Nuclear Disarmament and Nuclear Weapon-Free Local Authorities, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002in Japanese

Supporting Roles

The Peace Depot has played an instrumental role in supporting important peace events and campaigns, including the activities of the "Middle Powers Initiative" in Japan, the "Japan Year 2000 Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons," and the "Global Citizens' Assembly to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in Nagasaki" in November 2000.

    (As of February 2016)

President TAMAKI Kazuhiko
Vice-President TAKAHARA Takao
Vice-President YUASA Ichiro
Directors IKEDA Kayo
SATO Osamu
  SHIBANO Yoshikazu 
  TAKEMINE Seiichiro
Auditors GOTO Masahiko
  TAKAGI Noriyuki

■ Special Advisor

   UMEBAYASHI Hiromichi

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