Priority Field of Our Activities
Emergency Assistance
Support for Persons with Disabilities
Mine/UXO Action
Action against Infectious Diseases
Awareness Raising

Mine/UXO Action

Once buried under ground, an anti-personnel landmine lasts permanently. The indiscriminate killer, landmines, continues to terrorize civilians years after an armed conflict has ended. Today, tens of millions of anti-personnel landmines still jeopardize people all over the world. Cluster bombs and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) are just as dangerous—literal sleeping time bombs.
AAR Japan offers mine risk education for people living in mine-affected areas across the globe, and supports self-reliance of victims of landmine accidents.

Not Mines, but Flowers

The picture book series “Not Mines, But Flowers” is part of AAR Japan's campaign literature supporting the elimination of landmines.

The picture book series: Not Mines, But Flowers

Activities

Mine Risk Education

Mine Risk Education in Sudan.

Mine Risk Education in Sudan.

It has been said that the removal of all anti-personnel landmines from the surface of the Earth is a never-ending task. In Afghanistan and Sudan, where landmines have proliferated throughout decades of conflict, AAR Japan has been providing Mine Risk education to enable local inhabitants to reduce the risks of living in proximity with landmines.

Support for Victims

A graduate of the vocational training school maintains a motorbike.

A graduate of the vocational training school who started his own business.

In order to support the self-reliance of landmine victims in Myanmar (Burma), AAR Japan operates a vocational training school in Yangon (Rangoon), the nation's largest city. In Laos, we have been offering comprehensive support for victims of unexploded ordnance such as cluster bombs. AAR Japan has provided wheelchairs, crutches, and other mobility devices to landmine victims in Sri Lanka, while in Afghanistan we are supporting the management of a physiotherapy clinic. In Tajikistan, we are teaching dressmaking to landmine victims and their families, enabling them to achieve a greater degree of self-sufficiency.

Mine Clearance

Clearing landmines in Afghanistan.

Clearing landmines in Afghanistan.

AAR Japan is working with HALO Trust of England to clear anti-personnel landmines in Afghanistan.

Raising Awareness

Lecture by Jody Williams, ICBL founding coordinator.

Lecture by Jody Williams, ICBL founding coordinator.

In order to increase awareness of landmine issues, AAR Japan has published the picture book series, “Not Mines, but Flowers”. We also host lectures and international conferences, as well as providing pictures and informational posters for mine action awareness events.
AAR Japan is a member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). In recognition of its efforts to bring about the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the ICBL was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.

Milestones

Nobel Peace Prize

As a member of the ICBL, AAR Japan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.

Tokyo NGO Landmine Conferences

AAR Japan hosted three landmine conferences in Tokyo. We were graced by a message from Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, at the first conference in 1997.

Nagano Olympics

AAR Japan petitioned to have Chris Moon, a landmine accident survivor and anti-landmine activist, selected to bring the Olympic Flame into the ceremony stadium in the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.

Zero Landmine Campaign

In 2001, in cooperation with Tokyo Broadcasting System(TBS), Warner Music Japan, and Nichion, AAR Japan established the Zero Landmine Campaign Committee. At the call of musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, international artists contributed to the anti-landmine song ‘'Zero Landmine'', with the resulting CD sales and donations enabling the clearing of 3,075,436 square meters of minefields in Cambodia, Angola, Georgia, and Mozambique by March 2006.

Campaign poster of ICBL

Illustrated message to AAR Japan from Jody Williams, ICBL founding coordinator.

Lady Diana, Princess of Wales in a protective suit

Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, tours a minefield in Angola (Photo by Juda Ngwenya, REUTERS)

Anti-landmine activist Chris Moon's signature.

Anti-landmine activist Chris Moon's signature.

The Zero Landmine campaign song CD

The Zero Landmine campaign song CD, including a message from Ryuichi Sakamoto: “Thank you everyone!”

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