G8 Counter Movement in Hokkaido
by Koshida Kiyokazu
The 2008 G8 Summit held in July in Hokkaido Prefecture was met by a "counter movement" comprising demonstrations, symposia, workshops and other activities. The Hokkaido capital, Sapporo, became a hub for Japanese and international groups and individuals, and actions also took place in and around Toyako Lake, the venue for the July 4-6 summit. Although I saw various approaches to the G8 summit from the different people involved, I believe that on the whole the events marked the emergence of a new "counter movement" against the G8 summit in particular and neoliberal globalization in general.
Our Response to the G8 Summit &mdash from Local to Global, from Global to Local
by Koshida Kiyokazu
The Group of Eight (G8) Summit Conference 2008 is to be held at Toyako lakeside in Hokkaido. I live in Hokkaido, which is located at the northernmost tip of the Japanese archipelago and has a population of some 5.6 million. Among the administrative divisions of Japan, this is the second largest island and occupies 22 percent of the total area of Japan.
Make the Toyako Summit 2008 the Last G8 Summit!
interview with Walden Bello
&mdash A different initiative to mobilize Japanese people against the G8 summit which is taking place in 2008, in Toyako town, Hokkaido Prefecture, is emerging. How do you see the present G8 strategy and what kind of struggle is important and necessary for movements against the G8, especially against the Japanese government that plays a key role in controlling other Asian countries through the G8 and Asian monetary system? What do you think about the present G8 situation and its role in the global capitalist regime?
G8 Summit &mdash Capitalist Crisis and Poer Usurpation
interview with Ogura Toshimaru
&mdash Mr. Ogura, you are organizing activities to counter the forthcoming Group of Eight summit in Japan, right? It will be held in July 2008, at an isolated gaudy resort hotel looking down on the Toyako Lake in Hokkaido. The Japanese government announced that it will mobilize a police force of 20,000 to Hokkaido to contain any action against the summit.